Cameras, Lenses and Essential Photography Gear

Photography Gear for the Todays Photographer

Photographers today live in the one most exciting technological times ever.

Digital cameras have taken over from film cameras. 

The dynamics have changed for the working photographer from how he shoots, edits and outputs. The choice of photography gear for today’s photographer is so important. Competition has increased so to stay ahead you and your camera need to be able to meet the increasing demands placed on today’s working photographer. 

Cameras, Lenses and Essential Photography Gear, a cup of coffee standing on a silver grit, photo in black and white

The essential photography gear  for the Photographer as changed in the last decade or so from Camera, lenses and tripod to now include a computer/tablet allowing the photographer to edit location and send results to clients within minutes. Instant gratification for photographer and client.  

Social media has become an integral part of everyday life of the working photographer. Cameras with Wifi are now no longer consider a gimmicky extra but an essential. 

Mirror Less cameras will be the death of the chunky DSLR as a result of manufacturers listening to the needs of photographers who no longer want to be ladened down by unnecessary weight. 

The modern day photographer will be continued to be spoilt for choice in the never ending quest for the best cameras, lenses to add the essential photography gear.

Wildlife Photography

What is Wildlife photography?

Wildlife Photography is probably one of the most difficult of photography disciplines. It is not enough to have right equipment and to know the behaviour of your subject. To get that “perfect photograph” it is a combination of beautiful light, interesting subject matter and to be able to capture this fleeting moment sometimes in the most difficult weather conditions.

Many wannabe Wildlife Photographers have idealistic and romantic visions of the “Life and Times”of a Wildlife Photographer. The amazing sunsets ,sunrises, being one with nature etc etc.

Wildlife Photography, leopard Night Stalker portrait of a leopard at night.

Yes at times it can be like that. But most of the time is actually a lot of hard work , frustrations with moments of complete despair and ecstasy.

Countless hours behind your camera or computer editing.

The business side is the hard but necessary part of photography that most photographers dislike. Marketing your images to NGO’s, editors, journalists all whom expect you do give away your work for exposure !!!

On a personal or family level you have to sacrifice a lot time away from your family. Who worry about you being so far away working with dangerous animals and environs.

As with any vocation you will find like minded people who will become great friends whom will share knowledge and experiences which will in turn enrich all those involved.

Wildlife photography is an important tool in the conservation of our planet. In a way it is a vocation for those who chose this life. For they do it out of love and passion foremost rather than a means of financial self enrichment which tends to be priority of many who chose a particular career path.



Basis Tips For The Wildlife Photographer


From time to time I receive emails from photographers asking for tips on becoming a Wildlife Photographer.

First of all there is no short cut to becoming a successful Wildlife Photographer. You have to be prepared to put in thousands of hours, frustrating hours, you will have to make sacrifices e.g. family time and financially. A Wildlife Photographer will spend many thousands of dollars on equipment and logistics with no guarantee of recouping their monies.

It is easy to set yourself on the web as a Wildlife Photographer. You buy a website , you open a Twitter account , FB account… etc., you are getting lots of “likes” and comments from friends. Now you are ready to make the big time as a Wildlife photographer.

The harsh reality is that you are not going to make it. I am not saying give up, far from it.

I love photography, I live and breathe it every second, I am obsessed about my work. And the more people who become interested in photography I believe is a good thing. It means Photography manufacturers will have more people to sell too and will continue to produce and innovate for this growing market.


Wildlife Photographer - Wildebeest walk through the sun rays of early morning across a dry river bed


Some Basis Tips For The Wildlife Photographer That I Have Learnt On My Journey.


In no particular order.

  • Know your subject! As a Wildlife Photographer you must understand the behaviour of your subject. Once you do this you will find yourself capturing better Wildlife Photographs. 
  • Patience is a necessity of a Wildlife Photographer. You must be prepared to wait hours, days and even months to get that one shot you may have pre-visualised. At first you will be frustrated to the point of giving up. Every Wildlife Photographer has been there. Use your failures as a motivator.
  • Know your equipment. Your camera and lenses are tools. They will not help you become a better Wildlife Photographer unless you master every aspect of your camera. Every button you press must be intuitive so you never have to lift your eye from your viewfinder.
  • Learn how to you use the back focus button on your camera. 
  • Do not be afraid to experiment with your compositions, shutter speed, aperture and using flash. 


Wildlife Photographer - African elephant herd march through the desert


  • If possible when you do go out in to the field to work. Try and go on your own. I cannot emphasise how much your work will improve if you “zone in” to the task at hand. If you have distractions you will miss shots and will become very frustrated. And you confidence will take a knock.
  • Share your knowledge with other Wildlife Photographers. You may find that they will reciprocate and your knowledge base will increase.
  • Find a mentor, someone whose opinion you value. It is very easy to attach emotion to your work. You need an objective point of view. Look at other Wildlife Photographers website. Find a website that has tips and interesting articles on photography. Keep learning, You can never know enough.


Wildlife Photographer - African lion black and white portrait of his head only while animal stares into camera


  • Competitions can be a good benchmark for your photography. And a great way to get exposure. But do not be too disheartened if you do not win. Competitions are subjective. Rather look at the winning images from an objective point of view. Check the compositions, the angle of view, the editing, every aspect of the image then apply the same criteria to your work. And then use it as a motivator to do better.
  • Make sure you have the right apparel for your field trip. You need to be prepared and comfortable.
  • Digital darkroom, you must be as competent in editing your images as you are at capturing them. There are many forums on the internet to learn more.
  • When possible use a tripod. No matter how good your stabilisation is on your camera. Tripod images will always be sharper. 

“No Matter How Good You Think You Are, You Can Be Better”

The reasons why I switched from DSLR to Mirror Less

article written By Wildlife Photographer Peter Delaney



 African Wildlife Print Sale 2014

Take advantage of this holiday season AFRICAN WILDLIFE PRINT SALE . Looking for the special gift for a love one? Or for a beautiful Photograph to adorn your Wall. 

Treat yourself or a loved one to an African wildlife print  by multi award winning photographer Peter Delaney .
What ever Photograph you purchase during this African Wildlife Print Sale from Peter’s African wildlife and landscape galleries will create a special feeling in your heart and home and inspire you to visit Africa.
Just insert this coupon code     25%OFF     for the print sale in to the shopping cart on my photography website 


Peter has spent the last 15 years traversing Africa and creating beautiful Photographs. He has won won numerous awards and has been published world wide including National Geographic.
Why not take advantage of the PRINT SALE a huge 25% OFF all Beautiful Fine Art Prints and treat yourself to the “Iconic Elephant”  Photograph

 Buy this wildlife print “The Godfather

Print sale, African elephant bull, Godfather, spraying his body full of dust. Big dust cloud on his head

He stands still before me in all his magnificence, raising his trunk filled with the red Kalahari dust. In one fluid movement he sprays his forehead and for one brief moment he is covered in the magic of dust and light.

Buy this African Wildlife print “Elephant Ridge”

Print sale, big African elephant herd walking over the dry ground of the Etosha National Park

Maybe you would prefer one of Peter’s Moody Black and White African photographs “Bull Elephant with Clouds”
Print sale, African elephant black and white image of a big elephant bull walking towards me
or the multi award winning image Showdown winner in the BBC WPTY 2014 and the IPA Awards 2014Print sale, African wildlife white backed vulture sitting in a big dust cloud with its wings spread
You might be interested in the story behind the white backed vulture picture

Showdown Print

Showdown Print

Wildlife Print on Sale

It has been a very successful year for my image Showdown print . It was selected as a winner in two of the most prestigious international awards the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 and the International Photography Awards 2014.

To celebrate my wonderful success I am offering a discount price for the award winning image.  Showdown Print on Sale

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Showdown Print on Sale

Photography print on sale of the white backed vulture with wings spread sitting in a dust cloud

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Written by Peter Delaney 

IPA photography Awards 2014

IPA photography awards 2014


It is a great honour to have my Vulture image chosen in the Wildlife Pro category of International Photography Awards 2014

The story behind the award wining image Showdown…

The Kalahari is a land of extremes: summer temperatures soar whilst winter nights plummet to well below freezing, a parched dusty landscape that can be transformed overnight to a sea of green rolling dunes… more about Showdown

IPA Photography awards 2014 image of the gladiator, white backed vulture in a dust cloudTo view winner of IPA photography Awards 2014 in large,


From DSLR to Mirrorless

From DSLR to Mirrorless

Why I switched from DSLR to Mirrorless

I am a full time Nature/Travel Photographer. My photographic journey began in earnest in 2007. Back then I had a choice of two brands from one system “DSLR”. Regardless of which brand I chose it was going to be an expensive investment of around $30k.
3 months ago FujiFilm South Africa kindly loaned me their flagship camera XT-1 and the XF56mm f1.2. The start from DSLR to mirrorless!
It was love at first sight. Call it a midlife crisis if you wish but this younger, slimmer, sexier retro looking model swept me off my feet.
I took her everywhere, introduced her to my friends. Leaving my older, heavier and costlier “DSLR” at home.
I had found the passion that I had lost. This realization hit me hard. I had over the years stopped photographing unless on assignment or AFRICAN WILDLIFE SAFARIS

FujiFilm XT-1 samples , Peter Delaney“Pure Photographic Enjoyment” Could it be that simple?What about sensor quality, auto focussing, lenses? I hear you say. Yes I asked FujiFilm South Africa those questions. In reply they loaned me the FujiFilm XT-1 and the XF56mm F1.2.  After 3 weeks of photographing a few things became evident, there was no need to worry about sensor quality no need to worry about Auto Focussing. What about quality lenses? and aftercare service ?

I arranged a meeting with FujiFilm South Africa expressed my concerns. As the meeting progressed one thing became evident Fujifilm are in it for the long haul, they listen to the needs of their photographers. This has been evident by the release of the future road map and firmware upgrades for lenses and cameras.
I was sold, hook, line and sinker. I wanted to be part of the FujiFilm family.
I am sure a lot of my wildlife colleagues will think I am crazy. With my switch from DSLR to Mirrorless. But I have never paid much attention to what other people think or say. If I did I would never have left a lucrative career in finance to pursue my dream of being a professional photographer in Africa.
The realization and the decision to switch from DSLR to Mirrorless was literally a weight off my shoulders.
I truly believe that Mirrorless cameras are the next evolutionary step in photographic technology. One that I will fully embrace.
Over the next 6 months I will be adding new lenses to my FujiFilm setup. It will be an exciting journey one that has me filled with anticipation and renewed vigor for my one true love “Photography”
From time to time I will share my FujiFilm journey on my blog.

I have added 12 tips for better wildlife photography on my blog you might want to check out!

Written by Peter Delaney

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

African Wildlife Print In Black and White

Heart of Darkness – When you are alone and in the presence of a Kalahari black mane lion, a primeval fear takes a hold of you. Even though you tell yourself “you’r safe” you can not totally shake this feeling. It’s there lodged in the back of your mind.


HEART OF DARKNESSHeart of darkness, african lion black and white image, portrait of the front his face while walking towards the photographer

This majestic animal once was the bane of a forefathers who lived on this land. They created kraals around there dwellings to keep there families and livestock safe .

When you are a few meters from this killing machine and his  predatorily eyes lock with yours , you will be chilled to the bone. Heart of Darkness has murder on his mind for he hunts a female and cubs from another pride.

A few minutes before I watched an anxious mother and cubs run towards and pass me . It was not until the male came in to view that I realized why the hurry . I followed for as far as I could . But then the lions went in to thick bush I will never know the real outcome. I assume the worse but hope for the best.

More photos of African wildlife in black and white 

written by Peter Delaney



Winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013


The story behind the award wining image Showdown. The Kalahari is a land of extremes: summer temperatures soar whilst winter nights plummet to well below freezing, a parched dusty landscape that can be transformed overnight to a sea of green rolling dunes.

The silence can be deafening for those of us whose lives are consumed byeveryday noise.

BUY AFRICAN WILDLIFE PRINT SHOWDOWN Winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

Showdown, winning picture of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013. White back vulture sitting in a big dust cloud with wings spread


For the inhabitants of the Kalahari, life
is a constant struggle; their survival hangs by a single
thread – the arrival of the rains. If they are late this can
seal the fate of those who have struggled through a long
hard winter.

It’s October. For the visitor this is prime viewing time, as
the scarce vegetation and water means animals
congregate close to the man made waterholes. Birders
await the arrival of migrants such as Abdim’s Stork,
Yellow-billed Kite, Booted Eagle and Common Swift
from their long journeys. But the rains are late, the air is
thick with dust and the wind blows sand that bits at the
faces of the ungulates making their way to a nearby
waterhole. As the dust swirls settle down and the wind
drops an eerie sensation descends around the waterhole.
Soon it is apparent why – the place is littered with
carcasses of once magnificent Eland – patches of skin,
horns and pieces of bones from their huge frames lay
At first they circle, in ones and twos, within minutes the
sky is full. Their descent is almost silent, landing on
the beautiful Camel thorns. Their powerful necks move in
arcs as they scan their surroundings. On the ground
they begin hissing and squawking noisily; chaos
ensues as they fight for best feeding position. They climb
over each other, pecking, biting and clawing their way
through the mayhem; fights breaking out as they vie for
dominance at the carcass.

Showdown. This is the way of the White-backed Vulture.

I reposition myself, it’s close to midday and the light is
harsh – not ideal, but that doesn’t matter I have been
waiting a long time to capture images of these
magnificent raptors these vultures of the Kalahari. In
my minds eye I have the images I want to create. I click
away pausing now and again to get a better angle. In the
view finder I am composing and recomposing over and
over again. Watching and waiting for a particularly
aggressive vulture to attack.

Then he arrives. Walking across my viewfinder he
defines magnificence, he demands respect. He towers
above the white-backs. They part like the Sea of Galilee as
he moves towards the carcass. The Lappet-faced Vulture
has arrived. All action halts. Even the jackals pause to
look at the latest arrival, assesses the situation, then trot
off. The Lappet-face starts chewing and pulling at the
carcass, and the free-for-all starts again, but the Whitebacked
Vulture are careful to keep their distance. Every
now and again the Lappet-faced reminds them with a
hiss or a vicious bite of the pecking order at the carcass.
In truth these two rivals have different preferences at the
carcass the White-backed Vulture favours the softer parts
whilst the Lappet-faced Vulture is inclined to go for the
skin, tendons and ligaments – the parts that most other
vultures are not equipped to deal with.
Skirmishes start breaking out once again amongst the
White-backed scavengers. It is difficult to photograph as
the fighting vultures kick up so much dust. They are
totally engulfed. Now and again I can see a head, a
wing, a claw, as feathers and dirt fly in all directions. I
click away with more hope more than certainty. When
the dust settles the carcass is bare. Some vultures fly to
nearby trees but their takeoff is laboured due to full
crops. Those who have over indulged and are too heavy to
fly simply walk to the shade of the nearest tree.
I sit up and take my eye away from the view finder. I
count over 60 White-backed Vulture, 2 Lappet-faced
Vulture, a pair of Bateleur, Tawny Eagle and even a
Lanner Falcon. The demise of the Eland has become a
bounty for so many of these raptors and it has been a
privilege to witness and record this interaction.

You might like to see more, not only Showdown of my African wildlife photos

Written by Peter Delaney


Black Rhino Charge

Black Rhino Charge

African wildlife print


Story of the Black Rhino Charge,

It is not every day that I get charged by two black rhino and escape unhurt with both vivid memories and an image.While on location at Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa. I was fortunate to come across a pride of lions in an active mood. My guide and I noticed that one of the Lions had spotted something on the tree line in the distance and had begun to stalk it.

We decided to pre-empt the lioness and did a loop to watch the interaction. We had taken up position a hundred meters or so from the tree line when we saw two black rhino, mother and calf, browsing on some trees. They seemed unaware of us and the approaching lioness.

After a few minutes the wind changed direction and without provocation the Black Rhino Charge began headlong in our direction, the calf following her. I have to be honest my immediate concern was to get the shot, so crouching as low as possible in the open 4×4 I began shooting.

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Black rhino charge the vehicle of a photographer full speed. All legs of the ground and calf following

It was not until the rhino had totally filled the viewfinder that I realised the Black Rhino Charge  was not going to  stop until she had gored the side of our 4×4 and driver. With only meters between us the guide started shouting and banging his door furiously. Luckily this seem to startle theBlack Rhino Charge and she skidded off to our right in a cloud of dust with calf behind her. It was a heart stopping experience that left us, and the lioness, somewhat perplexed.

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Written by Peter Delaney

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African Elephant Wildlife Print

 African Elephant Wildlife Print

                         The Godfather

Story behind this Beautiful African Elephant Wildlife Print while he stands knee deep in the waterhole his eyes are closed as he dozes off. Now and again this giant will swish his tail or fill his trunk to spray his massive frame with the cool grey liquid. He is big – 4 meters tall and over 4 ton in weight, he is the “Godfather” as I affectionately call this giant elephant. It‚s two in the afternoon and the heat is relentless; over 30 degrees Celsius and no shade.


African elephant wildlife print, Godfather african elephant dust bath, elephant bull blowing dust over his head and body

It’s been the same routine for weeks now. The Godfather African Elephant Wildlife Print and his two shadow bulls arrives early afternoon and commandeer the waterhole. This is the only water for 20 sq kms and the animals have travelled all day to drink this life saving water. But this “Trinity” will not give way or tolerate any other animal to drink in their presence.

A multitude of animals, springbok, gemsbok, zebra, ostrich, giraffe, even lion have waited hours for the elephants departure so that they may quench their thirst. From a photographer‚s point of view watching this action is like manna from the heavens‚ as there are attempted lion kills, sporadic jostles between herd males vying for dominance and occasional visits from black rhino that appear like specters as the sun fades below the horizon.

When the elephants do eventually leave my heart skips a beat as I prepare for the shot that has eluded me for so long. In my mind’s eye I have visualized this scene many times. But in order for this to happen I need them to walk towards me. But each day I groan inwardly and at another missed opportunity as the trinity head off to dust bath in the opposite direction .

Today however will be different as that morning I had seen the three bulls feeding from a camel thorn tree away from their usual feeding place. Soon it will be time for them to depart. I leave, anticipating their route, and wait silently for them to come in to view. I have checked and rechecked my equipment and decided upon the camera and lens combination. I now relax and control my breathing as they come in to view.

The next ten minutes are a bliss of forgetfulness as I zone in to the task at hand; only one moment stands out.

He stands still before me in all his magnificence, raising his trunk filled with the red Kalahari dust. In one fluid movement he sprays his forehead and for one brief moment he is covered in the magic of dust and light.


Written by Peter Delaney

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Irishman Scoops Top Wildlife Photo Award

Irishman Scoops Top Wildlife Photo Award

BBC WPOTY 2011 Winner


By Fiachra Ó Cionnaith

Monday, October 24, 2011

He turned a professional nightmare into an up close and personal insight into nature’s beauty, claiming a prestigious international wildlife photography award for his efforts.

Irish photographer Peter Delaney, who is based in Wicklow, received the accolade alongside colleagues in 17 categories during the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 contest.

Irishman scoops top wildlife photo award at BBC WPOTY 2011 with the nature black and white African foot close up

The award is specifically related to his Nature in Black and White image “Big Foot” — a rare close-up image of an elephant taken just when the opportunity seemed lost.

“Peter’s day didn’t start well. It was cold, he was sitting in a hide near a waterhole in South Africa’s Mapungubwe Game Reserve, Limpopo, and had forgotten not only his short lens but also his coffee flask,” the judging panel explained.

“The irritation magnified when a huge herd of elephants came to within 20 metres of the hide. ‘The elephants were playing and bathing, but the only thing I could do was shoot close-ups,’ he said. “Soon though, Peter became so engrossed in the detail of texture, tone and light that nothing else mattered. It made him realise that sometimes we can be spoilt by too much choice of equipment, and how creativity can often emerge from constraint.”

Among the other winners — whose work will be showcased at London’s Natural History Museum until March, before touring the world — were amateurs, professionals, youth awards and those for images focusing on the plight of endangered species.

This year’s overall winner was Daniel Beltrá of Spain, who was commended for his portrait of brown pelicans covered in crude oil after the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico last year.

The prestigious contest has been running for 47 years and is organised by the Natural History Museum and BBC’s Wildlife Magazine. The competition receives thousands of entries from across the globe every year and is regarded as one of the highest accolades in wildlife photography.

* Professional and amateur photographers are encouraged to enter the 2012 competition from December 5. This year’s winning images, including Mr Delaney’s, can be viewed at

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BBC WPOTY 2011 Winner

BBC WPOTY 2011 Winner

Wildlife African Print

When I received an email in June informing me that I had won the BBC WPOTY  2011 Winner Nature in Black and White. I was elated to say the least.

BBC WPOTY 2011 Winner image of an African Elephant foot, close up of foot in black and white fine art

The worse part is that you can’t tell anyone about BBC WPOTY 2011 Winner awards till the official announcement . Now this was tough ,it had been my dream for such a long time and now I had to keep it quiet for 3 months. I am Irish and we love to talk… so I just told my immediate family and really close friends and swore them to secrecy..I had to tell someone!!

The BBC WPOTY 2011 Winner print was taken in a beautiful reserve in Limpopo, South Africa, called Mapunguwe.


I was recently asked to write about the story behind the BBC WPOTY 2011 Winner for France GEO , December issue.. so here is an extract from the magazine article

Mapungubwe game reserve. 6am , it’s very cold. The day has not started well. I am sitting at a hide hoping to get images of Mapungubwe s elusive wildlife.  I have forgotten  my flask of coffee and then a sudden realization that I also forgotten my short lens. To say I was a little irritated would be an understatement. Soon a big herd of elephants arrive within 20 meters of the hide. At my disposal is a 600mm telephoto lens. With this dilemma of too much lens .I decide to concentrate on getting close up shots of the elephants, the tusk, the eye, tail , and this “Big foot”.

Sometimes as photographers we are spoilt by to much choice regarding equipment. Having just one camera and one lens may not have been ideal but it did make me think out of the box and capture images I may not have done if I had not forgotten some of my equipment.

Written by Peter Delaney