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sudhirshivaram

Sudhir Shivaram Award Winning Photographer Specialising in Wildlife Photography Learning Tours and Workshops.

  • 525 posts
  • 232.8k followers
  • 276 following
  • Frequently asked question to me when these kind of images are posted:
- How do you get such eye level shots in safari?
- Do you get down of the Jeep and shoot?
- Do you shoot on foot lying flat on the ground?
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Check out my story to know how I get these images.
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Shooting technique is an important aspect to get those WOW images.
.
--
SSP - for the love of learning.
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Have you explored our video based online photography tutorials. If you are a keen photographer who wants to improve, then you must give it a shot!
.
Stop searching Youtube and getting confused. Invest in systematic learning. Subscribe today:
https://www.sudhirshivaramphotography.com/photography-courses/video-tutorials/
  • Frequently asked question to me when these kind of images are posted:
    - How do you get such eye level shots in safari?
    - Do you get down of the Jeep and shoot?
    - Do you shoot on foot lying flat on the ground?
    .
    Check out my story to know how I get these images.
    .
    Shooting technique is an important aspect to get those WOW images.
    .
    --
    SSP - for the love of learning.
    .
    Have you explored our video based online photography tutorials. If you are a keen photographer who wants to improve, then you must give it a shot!
    .
    Stop searching Youtube and getting confused. Invest in systematic learning. Subscribe today:
    https://www.sudhirshivaramphotography.com/photography-courses/video-tutorials/
  • 16,592 143 12 hours ago

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  • Mother and Cub with Kill...
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Heading to the Masai Mara this weekend with a group of enthusiastic students who wants to capture the amazing wildlife of Africa.
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It's a heaven for wildlife photographers as you have plenty of subjects and opportunities to learn.
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Canon 1DX Mark II + Canon EF 800mm f5.6 L IS, ISO 1000, f5.6 @ 1/3200, AI Servo + group focus points. --
SSP - for the love of learning
.
Interested in making good images from what ever equipment you have? It's easy as long as you understand the core concepts of photography.
.
Do sign up for our video tutorials and join 1000's of others who have given very positive review and feedback about the tutorials and learning every day.
.
our online photography tutorials:
https://www.sudhirshivaramphotography.com/photography-courses/video-tutorials/
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Courses Available: - Camera and Lens Buying Guide (16 videos)
- Basics and Advanced Fundamentals of Photography (54 videos)
- Post Processing Using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop (17 videos)
- All About Back Button Focusing (10 videos)
- Post Processing Using Capture NX-D (for Nikon RAW Shooters (18 videos)
- Ultimate Guide to Nikon D500 (24 videos)
- Post Processing Using Canon DPP (For Canon RAW Shooters) (12 videos)
- Beginners Guide to Canon 1200D (13 videos)
- Complete Guide to Canon 5D Mark IV (26 videos)
- Complete Guide to Canon 7D Mark II (28 videos)
- Bird Photography Field Guide (44 videos)
- Complete Guide to using Nikon D750 (27 videos)
- Complete Guide to Canon 1DX mark II (26 Videos)
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Subscribe to our online video-based photography tutorials and learn these core aspects of photography: - Subject Knowledge / Natural History of subjects
- Fundamentals of photography
- White Balance
- Exposure Triangle Parameters of ISO, Aperture and Shutter speed
- Metering and exposure compensation
- Focusing Modes and Focusing Points
- Composition
- Understanding Lighting
- Low light photography
- Getting that sharp image with good colours
- Understanding your equipment and shooting techniques
- Digital Post Processing
- Back Button Focusing
- All about bird photography
.
All the above and a lot more....Around 300+ video-based tutorials to watch and learn.
  • Mother and Cub with Kill...
    .
    Heading to the Masai Mara this weekend with a group of enthusiastic students who wants to capture the amazing wildlife of Africa.
    .
    It's a heaven for wildlife photographers as you have plenty of subjects and opportunities to learn.
    .
    Canon 1DX Mark II + Canon EF 800mm f5.6 L IS, ISO 1000, f5.6 @ 1/3200, AI Servo + group focus points. --
    SSP - for the love of learning
    .
    Interested in making good images from what ever equipment you have? It's easy as long as you understand the core concepts of photography.
    .
    Do sign up for our video tutorials and join 1000's of others who have given very positive review and feedback about the tutorials and learning every day.
    .
    our online photography tutorials:
    https://www.sudhirshivaramphotography.com/photography-courses/video-tutorials/
    .
    Courses Available: - Camera and Lens Buying Guide (16 videos)
    - Basics and Advanced Fundamentals of Photography (54 videos)
    - Post Processing Using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop (17 videos)
    - All About Back Button Focusing (10 videos)
    - Post Processing Using Capture NX-D (for Nikon RAW Shooters (18 videos)
    - Ultimate Guide to Nikon D500 (24 videos)
    - Post Processing Using Canon DPP (For Canon RAW Shooters) (12 videos)
    - Beginners Guide to Canon 1200D (13 videos)
    - Complete Guide to Canon 5D Mark IV (26 videos)
    - Complete Guide to Canon 7D Mark II (28 videos)
    - Bird Photography Field Guide (44 videos)
    - Complete Guide to using Nikon D750 (27 videos)
    - Complete Guide to Canon 1DX mark II (26 Videos)
    .
    Subscribe to our online video-based photography tutorials and learn these core aspects of photography: - Subject Knowledge / Natural History of subjects
    - Fundamentals of photography
    - White Balance
    - Exposure Triangle Parameters of ISO, Aperture and Shutter speed
    - Metering and exposure compensation
    - Focusing Modes and Focusing Points
    - Composition
    - Understanding Lighting
    - Low light photography
    - Getting that sharp image with good colours
    - Understanding your equipment and shooting techniques
    - Digital Post Processing
    - Back Button Focusing
    - All about bird photography
    .
    All the above and a lot more....Around 300+ video-based tutorials to watch and learn.
  • 13,751 107 20 February, 2019

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  • All set....Kabini.
  • All set....Kabini.
  • 26,978 252 18 February, 2019
  • My Beautiful Bharatpur...
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As I say, it's the backdrop which makes are breaks the image. This is what I love about Bharatpur. The lovely backdrops we get for our key subjects.
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In this case a Nilgai forms my beautiful backdrop along with those trees.
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You need to wait for that moment to compose that perfect frame you have been waiting for. It's all about patience and your understanding about your subjects.
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Canon 1DX Mark II + Canon EF 800mm f5.6 L IS, ISO 500, f5.6 @ 1/500, Evaluative metering -2/3 stop, Manual WB of 5900K
.
--
SSP - for the love of learning
.
Do explore our upcoming Wildlife Photography Learning Tours here:
http://www.sudhirshivaramphotography.com/photography-courses/photo-tour/
  • My Beautiful Bharatpur...
    .
    As I say, it's the backdrop which makes are breaks the image. This is what I love about Bharatpur. The lovely backdrops we get for our key subjects.
    .
    In this case a Nilgai forms my beautiful backdrop along with those trees.
    .
    You need to wait for that moment to compose that perfect frame you have been waiting for. It's all about patience and your understanding about your subjects.
    .
    Canon 1DX Mark II + Canon EF 800mm f5.6 L IS, ISO 500, f5.6 @ 1/500, Evaluative metering -2/3 stop, Manual WB of 5900K
    .
    --
    SSP - for the love of learning
    .
    Do explore our upcoming Wildlife Photography Learning Tours here:
    http://www.sudhirshivaramphotography.com/photography-courses/photo-tour/
  • 16,797 150 14 February, 2019

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  • How Spot Metering Works
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I had posted a quiz yesterday on my FB page and a majority of them got it wrong on the spot metering. So here goes...
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By default, camera meters the scene using the centre AF point in spot metering, which is just 2-3% of the area of the image.
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The camera calculates how much light is reflected from this centre point and tries to expose that as a medium tone or 18% grey. You will have to know the tonality of the subject at that centre AF point and accordingly use the exposure compensation.
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If you use a different focusing point from a composition point of view, then you will have to see both the places during execution - One for composition and other for metering. This gets complex.
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In this case, the centre AF point is on the greens and assume the focusing point was on the elephant, then you cannot use exposure compensation looking at the elephant, but keeping the centre area in mind.
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Hope this helps to understand about Spot Metering.
.
--
SSP - for the love of learning
.
Do subscribe to our online photography video tutorials to learn these and other concepts of photography.
.
We have more than 300 videos to watch and learn. Subscribe today.
https://www.sudhirshivaramphotography.com/photography-courses/video-tutorials/
  • How Spot Metering Works
    .
    I had posted a quiz yesterday on my FB page and a majority of them got it wrong on the spot metering. So here goes...
    .
    By default, camera meters the scene using the centre AF point in spot metering, which is just 2-3% of the area of the image.
    .
    The camera calculates how much light is reflected from this centre point and tries to expose that as a medium tone or 18% grey. You will have to know the tonality of the subject at that centre AF point and accordingly use the exposure compensation.
    .
    If you use a different focusing point from a composition point of view, then you will have to see both the places during execution - One for composition and other for metering. This gets complex.
    .
    In this case, the centre AF point is on the greens and assume the focusing point was on the elephant, then you cannot use exposure compensation looking at the elephant, but keeping the centre area in mind.
    .
    Hope this helps to understand about Spot Metering.
    .
    --
    SSP - for the love of learning
    .
    Do subscribe to our online photography video tutorials to learn these and other concepts of photography.
    .
    We have more than 300 videos to watch and learn. Subscribe today.
    https://www.sudhirshivaramphotography.com/photography-courses/video-tutorials/
  • 14,621 102 13 February, 2019
  • Darter and Fish....more than you can handle ?
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Darter / Cormorants fishing at Bharatpur will challenge your photography skills with respect to metering/exposure and focusing. btw, this Darter did swallow this fish!
.
You use wrong metering and exposure values and the image will get blown out. If you do not understand about how your camera achieves auto focus and when to use what focusing points, you may not get the action.
.
Canon 1DX Mark II + Canon EF 800mm f5.6 L IS, ISO 400, f5.6 @ 1/1600, Evaluative metering -1 stop, AI Servo with AF Expansion (GRP focusing for Nikon) used.
.
Check the SBI (Story Behind Image) to know how this was photographed.
--
SSP - for the love of learning
.
Interested in learning all these advanced techniques of metering and focusing? Do sign up for our video tutorials or attend any of our wildlife photography learning tours.
.
Online Video Tutorials:
https://www.sudhirshivaramphotography.com/photography-courses/video-tutorials/
.
All our photography learning tours:
https://www.sudhirshivaramphotography.com/photography-courses/photo-tour/
  • Darter and Fish....more than you can handle ?
    .
    Darter / Cormorants fishing at Bharatpur will challenge your photography skills with respect to metering/exposure and focusing. btw, this Darter did swallow this fish!
    .
    You use wrong metering and exposure values and the image will get blown out. If you do not understand about how your camera achieves auto focus and when to use what focusing points, you may not get the action.
    .
    Canon 1DX Mark II + Canon EF 800mm f5.6 L IS, ISO 400, f5.6 @ 1/1600, Evaluative metering -1 stop, AI Servo with AF Expansion (GRP focusing for Nikon) used.
    .
    Check the SBI (Story Behind Image) to know how this was photographed.
    --
    SSP - for the love of learning
    .
    Interested in learning all these advanced techniques of metering and focusing? Do sign up for our video tutorials or attend any of our wildlife photography learning tours.
    .
    Online Video Tutorials:
    https://www.sudhirshivaramphotography.com/photography-courses/video-tutorials/
    .
    All our photography learning tours:
    https://www.sudhirshivaramphotography.com/photography-courses/photo-tour/
  • 21,599 264 12 February, 2019
  • 5 Pythons in a frame - Bharatpur
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These were basking in the sun and I used a 70-200 lens at 200mm to get a close-up and yet showing all of them together. Of course I shot these with an 800mm as well, extreme tight close-up.
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Choosing the right focal length depends on what you want to show and convey. There is nothing called as the right lens or focal length for wildlife photography, or for that matter any genre of photography.
.
As a photographer you need to be able to compose with any focal length. That's where your vision and skills of photography comes into picture.
.
This same frame with equal quality could have been shot from any enter level camera / kit lens.
.
Avoid falling into the trap of high cost equipment will yield high quality images. It's not the camera which will make images, but YOU as a photographer.
.
I get these kind of frequent questions - Sir, is Canon 80D a good camera. Every camera out there (DSLR or mirrorless) is meant for a purpose. As long as it meets your requirement, that should do.
.
Invest your time in learning rather than what equipment will give me good images.
.
--
SSP - for the love of learning
.
Invest just INR 4997 for an entire year and get access to more than 160 videos to watch and learn. Subscribe today:
https://www.sudhirshivaramphotography.com/photography-courses/video-tutorials/
  • 5 Pythons in a frame - Bharatpur
    .
    These were basking in the sun and I used a 70-200 lens at 200mm to get a close-up and yet showing all of them together. Of course I shot these with an 800mm as well, extreme tight close-up.
    .
    Choosing the right focal length depends on what you want to show and convey. There is nothing called as the right lens or focal length for wildlife photography, or for that matter any genre of photography.
    .
    As a photographer you need to be able to compose with any focal length. That's where your vision and skills of photography comes into picture.
    .
    This same frame with equal quality could have been shot from any enter level camera / kit lens.
    .
    Avoid falling into the trap of high cost equipment will yield high quality images. It's not the camera which will make images, but YOU as a photographer.
    .
    I get these kind of frequent questions - Sir, is Canon 80D a good camera. Every camera out there (DSLR or mirrorless) is meant for a purpose. As long as it meets your requirement, that should do.
    .
    Invest your time in learning rather than what equipment will give me good images.
    .
    --
    SSP - for the love of learning
    .
    Invest just INR 4997 for an entire year and get access to more than 160 videos to watch and learn. Subscribe today:
    https://www.sudhirshivaramphotography.com/photography-courses/video-tutorials/
  • 16,651 99 11 February, 2019
  • One of my favourites from the entry level Canon 1200D + EFs 55-250 lens.
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It's not the equipment which makes images...it's YOU!
.
Canon or Nikon...this model or that model...what lens to get...will I get good images from this camera and lens?
.
STOP...take a break...think...invest your time in learning...then you will realise...it's not the camera, but indeed YOU!
.
Have a good night :)
  • One of my favourites from the entry level Canon 1200D + EFs 55-250 lens.
    .
    It's not the equipment which makes images...it's YOU!
    .
    Canon or Nikon...this model or that model...what lens to get...will I get good images from this camera and lens?
    .
    STOP...take a break...think...invest your time in learning...then you will realise...it's not the camera, but indeed YOU!
    .
    Have a good night :)
  • 14,890 175 10 February, 2019
  • Bharatpur - Winter Mornings...
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This was photographed with a 70-200 lens even though I had the 800mm. It is tough to make these kind of story telling images with a long tele as we cannot cover the habitat.
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To create story telling images it is important to understand the behavioural aspects of the subjects. In this case as you can see the Coot in the front has a feed and the other one is chasing it.
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Generally Coots have these kind of fights frequently. You need to stay focused and be attentive as these actions may happen anytime.
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My camera settings for this image:
Canon 1DX + Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 L IS2 @ 70mm, ISO 1250, f4 @ 1/8000
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Metering:
Evaluative Metering at Zero exposure compensation as the background is very flat and since the tonality is medium grey, I did not do any exposure compensation.
.
Focusing:
AI Servo for moving subjects
Grp (Nikon) / Expand Area AF (Canon) focusing points used.
.
Understanding metering and focusing is the key to making these kind of images apart from the major factor of composition.
.
Composition:
I used the focal length of 70mm to capture the early morning fog and the trees in the backdrop. I placed the running coots at the lower part of the frame so that I can show more of the background trees without chopping them off.
--
SSP - for the love of learning
.
We offer online video based photography tutorials where you can learn all these and much for for just INR 4997 for 1 year subscription. Visit this link to subscribe today:
.
https://www.sudhirshivaramphotography.com/photography-courses/video-tutorials/
  • Bharatpur - Winter Mornings...
    .
    This was photographed with a 70-200 lens even though I had the 800mm. It is tough to make these kind of story telling images with a long tele as we cannot cover the habitat.
    .
    To create story telling images it is important to understand the behavioural aspects of the subjects. In this case as you can see the Coot in the front has a feed and the other one is chasing it.
    .
    Generally Coots have these kind of fights frequently. You need to stay focused and be attentive as these actions may happen anytime.
    .
    My camera settings for this image:
    Canon 1DX + Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 L IS2 @ 70mm, ISO 1250, f4 @ 1/8000
    .
    Metering:
    Evaluative Metering at Zero exposure compensation as the background is very flat and since the tonality is medium grey, I did not do any exposure compensation.
    .
    Focusing:
    AI Servo for moving subjects
    Grp (Nikon) / Expand Area AF (Canon) focusing points used.
    .
    Understanding metering and focusing is the key to making these kind of images apart from the major factor of composition.
    .
    Composition:
    I used the focal length of 70mm to capture the early morning fog and the trees in the backdrop. I placed the running coots at the lower part of the frame so that I can show more of the background trees without chopping them off.
    --
    SSP - for the love of learning
    .
    We offer online video based photography tutorials where you can learn all these and much for for just INR 4997 for 1 year subscription. Visit this link to subscribe today:
    .
    https://www.sudhirshivaramphotography.com/photography-courses/video-tutorials/
  • 11,510 82 10 February, 2019