Capture Namibia: Photography Tips from Chris Schmid


Award winning photographer Chris Schmid has always tried to express his feelings by sharing his experiences and emotions through the images he has captured. We recently spoke to the Sony Global Imaging Ambassador about the time he spent capturing images in Namibia, and here’s what he had to say…

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1. Tell us about your most unforgettable moment while shooting in Namibia.

Namibia is such a paradise for photography that it’s difficult to choose just one, but one unforgettable moment happened in Etosha. We were waiting at a waterhole observing a lonely bull elephant. After a few minutes we turned our heads and we saw a herd of 30 elephants, with babies in two, coming straight toward us rapidly. It was such an impressive moment and it delivered such amazing images thanks in part to the unique blue pastel colour of the Etosha sky.

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2. Every destination has its challenges and rewards; how does Namibia compare to other places you’ve photographed?

Well, in Namibia you must be ready to drive a loooooonnnng way through some of the most amazing landscapes in the world. The main challenge we had was being at the right place at the right time of day. You’re travelling around through so many magical landscapes, but very often with a very strong light. So it can be sometimes frustrating because the place is so beautiful but you’ve got to get there at the right time to get the magic light.

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If I can give one tip to a traveller it is this: Prepare carefully for your itinerary to be sure to that you are at the right place at the right moment. Do keep in mind though; Namibia requires more than one visit. That’s for sure. The first time you will get only begin to get an idea of what you really can achieve. 

 

3. Which 3 photos shot in Namibia are you most proud of and why?

One of the three is this image about the elephant herd coming straight to us. It was such impressive and emotive in the same time.* 

*This image is posted above.


I would say the second one is from my aerial shooting over the Namib Desert. I really love aerial photography because it gives so different images compared to inland images. And flying over the Namib Desert is unbelievable! You can hardly concentrate on your camera because it’s so amazing! It’s on my to do list when we’ll be back in Namibia probably next year.

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Finally the third one is my image of the red hartebeest captured very early in the morning in Etosha. I really love to play with shadow and contrast in my photography, keeping the image simple, like a shadowgraph. The light was absolutely magic; the grassland was gold, and this in combination with the silhouette of the antelope makes this one of my favourite photos.

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4. When going on a Namibian photographic expedition, what is your equipment of choice? And what do you never leave home without?

Namibia requires a large variety of lenses, because you will be shooting amazing landscapes as well as a variety of wildlife. I travel with a Nikon 500mm and a 70-200mm, both mainly for wildlife images. I also take a wide-angle zoom like a 16-35mm or 14-24mm and a fixed focal 35mm 1.4.

For landscape imagery I love the new Sony A7r that allows me to travel light without compromising quality. For wildlife photography I mainly use a Nikon D4s, a D810 or also a Sony A77II on a 70-200mm. I always prefer staying far away of the animals, respecting them and it gives a more natural comportment. I love also to include them in their environment.

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Image © Chris Schmid / schmidchris.com

 

5. A photographer friend is desperate to capture the best of Namibia. What top 3 tips would you give them? 

First you must read, read, read about Namibia and really choose what you want to see and be focused on. You can’t see everything in one visit. I always tell to my friends that it is better to be concentrate on a small part of the country than travelling all around the country. In my opinion if you really want to know a country you visit it minimum two times.

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Image © Chris Schmid / schmidchris.com

 

The second tip I would give is that you must be really patient when observing the wildlife in Etosha. Don’t try to move everywhere if you don’t see anything. Just wait and be patient: Something will happen for sure.

The last tip I would give is to wake up early, very early. Shoot during the golden hours. The light in Namibia is magic and precious so you must take care of it!

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Image © Chris Schmid / schmidchris.com

 

You can follow Chris on Facebook, or you can visit his website by clicking here.

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A few words on Chris Schmid...


Chris is a self-taught photographer and visual storyteller. He believes hard work, persistence, and little else will get a photographer where he or she wants to go.

"My body of work is the result of learning from mistakes and by experience. Most of all, I seek, appreciate, and respect a solid critique. There is nothing more humbling (or inspiring) than hearing an honest opinion of my work from a friend or other photographers."

The last couple of years his work has been more and more recognized and it this has given him the chance to win some prestigious awards around the world.

Since August 2014, Chris is very proud to be part of the Sony Global Imaging Ambassador program.

 

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