The difference between an average photograph and an eye-catching one doesn’t necessarily require you to buy a new camera.
Sometimes you only need to make a few small changes to completely light up a photo – such as adjusting your angle, or changing the composition.
Local Overberg photographer, Jocelyn de Kock, has visited Flower Valley Conservation Trust numerous times over the years, to capture our projects on camera.
And on Nature Photography Day (Monday 15 June), she chats to Flower Valley – sharing her tips on how to turn average nature photos into those that tell the story best.
In this 13-minute chat, she uses examples of her own work (including photos taken on Flower Valley Farm), to showcase:
- The importance of composition, and the use of thirds;
- Tips on how to get the lighting just right, to avoid heavy shadows;
- How to change the angle of a photo for maximum impact;
- And ideas on making your focal point (such as a flower) stand out, especially when it’s surrounded by lots of noise (leaves, twigs etc.).
Flower Valley Conservation Trust
Natural Resource Management: Sustainable Harvesting Programme
When fynbos is picked sustainably, you not only protect the fynbos kingdom for future generations, you also protect the livelihoods of those who harvest it.
When we saw that an intact pristine fynbos farm was threatened by potential agricultural expansion 21 years ago – you, our donors, stepped in to help. This purchase with the help of Fauna and Flora International, saw the birth of Flower Valley Conservation Trust.
At the height of the lockdown during the past four months, Flower Valley Conservation Trust had to react swiftly. At the time, the spotlight fell almost exclusively on the latter half of our vision: for life and livelihoods (our vision is: A fynbos-filled future for life and livelihoods).
Over the past two years, 138 fynbos harvesters received training in how to harvest fynbos sustainably. They were trained in their own home language (Afrikaans, isiXhosa and English).