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Travel video of the week: David Yarrow reveals his photography secrets

David Yarrow has built an unrivalled reputation for capturing the beauty of the planet’s remote landscapes,tribes and endangered animals. He is now widely regarded as the UK’s best selling fine-art photographer of his genre and has become an inspiration for photographers all over the world. His Encounter Collection was exhibited in Hong Kong, New York and London’s Saatchi Gallery. For David, time, commitment and patience are the foundation stones of taking great photographs.
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Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. “30 hours in the water.” Never estimate the many hours of dedication it takes to take a great photograph. Remember that’s 30 hours in the water with sharks too.

    Photography at this level takes dedication and courage. It also takes fitness and stamina too. Kit isn’t as heavy as it used to be but you still need some muscles.

    I know it’s a different genre. Donald McCullin, a former 400 metres runner, partly became a War Photographer – and an exceptional one too – because he was fit enough and quick enough to get himself and his kit into position.

  2. Another great story demonstrating the old age – do what you are good at, do it passionately and the rewards will come naturally.

  3. Share this clip with your friends who love photography.
    1) Using elephant manure for a makeshift tripod is sheer genius.
    2) Inspirationall: you don’t need blue skies and brilliant sunshine to take great photos.

  4. Surreal! Just watched this astounding film on my commute into London. I’m standing on a crammed train heading into Paddington. It has opened my eyes to another world. Need to get to Africa. Soon.

  5. Paul – I think a lot of us luxury travellers are aspiring photographers too. Would it be possible to have some more of these films please?

    I’ve got to admit to spending quite a lot on photographic equipment and my results in Africa are pitiful. As the technology develops it just shows up my limitations. Using Amazon photos I display my pictures on our 42” TV screen and the results aren’t impressive. A sleepy lion filling 10% of the screen just doesn’t cut the mustard.

    Speaking personally, I need all the tips I can get.

    1. I agree with Chris. My results on people are mixed. Many, many moons ago I took a picture of an ancient Berber story-teller at dusk in the Marrakech square. Maybe it was a great picture because I had time and he was performing but recently I haven’t taken any pictures worthy of being my screen saver. A people masterclass would be much appreciated.

  6. Again this was absolutely perfect for a coffee break. A bit like the Northern Lights vid you showed a few weeks ago. Love them. More please!

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