Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Article Reviews

1. The Safari guide will be a very important element of the trip since they can provide local knowledge of the area and leadership. Their experience will save the group valuable time and energy.

2. Since most photos in African Safaris are taken from vehicles, a protective case for your camera would come in handy as you could use the stopped vehicle as a camera rest. The case would also help keep the camera free of dust.
3. In conjunction with the case, a cushion would decrease the amount of shock a camera would absorb if you were taking shots from a moving vehicle and hit a bump in the road.
4. If you bring a large camera or are looking for extra stability, but a tripod over a bi or monopod. This will make using taking pictures smoother.
5. From the articles, I gathered that bringing extra cameras and lenses is a good idea. That being said, multiple pieces of equipment aren’t always an option due to financial and space limit.

1. From the Nature and Photography article, I gathered that we as photographers need to take photos in a manner that engages the public. We need to get a message of across instead of taking photographs for the sole purpose of making money. It’s all about getting the public to see their connection to nature, not being in the profession/hobby just for profit in other words.

2. Eco-friendly tourism encourages an in depth connection to nature. When tourists consider how their actions will affect elements of nature, they will be less likely to cause harm to natural elements. They will consider working with nature rather than against it. Once photographers learn to work with their subjects, there quality of their work should improve as their awareness increases.
3. Photographers should take extra care to avoid disturbing animals during the breeding season. A disturbance could cause animals to vacated traditional mating grounds, leading to decreased offspring production.  Interaction with young animals or frightening a mother with young animals can also lead to offspring mortality as the adult animals sometimes abandon or lose track of their offspring in high stress situations.
4. As tourists and photographers, we should resist the urge to feed animals as well. If wild animals are fed, they can grow dependence for handouts and slowly lose their natural abilities to gather food.  If handouts stop being given after an animal has built a dependence on them, the animal make die of starvation before it can readjust.
5. You may want to keep the location of certain photographs a secret if they are fragile or pristine. The reason for this is that the general public may damage them in the case of cultural resources by vandalism or introduction of invasive species. In the case of animals, they may disturb the species at a crucial time of year leading to many negative side effects.

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