31 December 2023

How to Promote and Market Your Photography

Promoting and Marketing Photography Business Awareness

Promoting and Marketing Photography Business Awareness

How to Promote and Market Your Photography
"Marketing and promoting your photography is essential for building a successful photography business and gaining recognition as a photographer. Here are some strategies and tips to help you effectively market and promote your photography:
  • Define Your Niche: Identify your specific area of expertise and passion within photography. Whether it's portraits, landscapes, weddings, wildlife, or something else, having a niche will help you target your marketing efforts more effectively.
  • Build a Professional Portfolio: Create a high-quality portfolio that showcases your best work. Your portfolio should be easily accessible on your website or through social media platforms like Instagram, Flickr, or 500px.
  • Create a Stunning Website: Invest in a professional website to showcase your portfolio and provide essential information about your services, pricing, and contact details. Ensure that your website is mobile-friendly and easy to navigate.
  • Optimize for Search Engines (SEO): Implement SEO techniques on your website to improve its visibility on search engines like Google. Use relevant keywords, optimize image descriptions, and create engaging, keyword-rich content related to your photography niche.
  • Use Social Media: Utilize social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter to share your work, engage with your audience, and build your brand. Consistent posting and interaction with followers are crucial for success.
  • Collaborate with Influencers: Partner with local influencers or bloggers who can help promote your work to a broader audience. Offer them a photoshoot or photo content in exchange for promotion on their platforms.
  • Email Marketing: Build an email list of potential clients and previous clients. Send regular newsletters with updates, special offers, and new work to keep your audience engaged and informed.
  • Networking: Attend photography events, workshops, and meetups in your area to network with fellow photographers and potential clients. Building relationships can lead to referrals and collaborations.
  • Offer Promotions and Discounts: Periodically offer promotions, discounts, or special packages to attract new clients. Limited-time offers can create a sense of urgency and encourage bookings.
  • Get Published: Submit your work to photography magazines, blogs, and online publications. Getting your work featured can increase your exposure and credibility as a photographer.
  • Invest in Paid Advertising: Consider running targeted online advertising campaigns on platforms like Google Ads or social media platforms. Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising can help you reach a specific audience.
  • Collect and Showcase Client Testimonials: Encourage satisfied clients to leave reviews and testimonials on your website and social media profiles. Positive feedback builds trust with potential clients.
  • Attend Trade Shows and Exhibitions: Participate in photography trade shows, exhibitions, or art fairs to showcase your work and connect with potential clients, galleries, or art collectors.
  • Keep Learning and Growing: Stay updated with the latest photography trends and techniques. Continuous improvement in your photography skills will reflect in your work and attract more clients.
  • Be Consistent: Consistency is key to successful promotion. Maintain a consistent style, posting schedule, and branding across all your marketing channels.

Remember that building a photography business takes time and dedication. Be patient and persistent in your marketing efforts, and over time, you'll see your photography business grow and thrive." (Source: ChatCPT 2023)


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20 December 2023

Adobe Lightroom Training Cape Town Update

Update on Vernon Chalmers Adobe Lightroom Training
 
Vernon Chalmers Adobe Lightroom Training Cape Town Update
Vernon Chalmers Photography Adobe Lightroom Training Cape Town Update 

Please Note: Adobe Lightroom training will no longer be offered as a separate training module. No further support sessions are available on migrating Lightroom / Lightroom Catalogues between computer systems, hard drives   and / or specific Lightroom File Import / Processing / Export / Other modules.

However, Lightroom will be discussed and demonstrated in all the different photography training genres I currently offer. More >>

Canon Photography Private Training  Milnerton,  Cape Town
  • Introduction to Photography / Canon Cameras More 
  • Bird / Flower Photography Training Kirstenbosch More
  • Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Training More
  • Birds in Flight / bird Photography Training More
  • Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite Flash Photography Workshop More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop More
  • Real Estate / Interior Decor Photography Training More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Sessions More

Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Intaka Island | Kirstenbosch Garden | Woodbridge Island

Canon Long Exposure | Night Photography Setup & Tips

Learning Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Skills Development

Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips
Fireworks Long Exposure Photography : Canon EOS 6D Bulb Mode

Long Exposure Photography |
 Fireworks Photography Setup / Tips
Longer shutter speeds / long exposures are most often applied when shooting i.e. after sunset, night photography and / or fireworks. The photographer will use longer shutter speeds to capture a low / fading / after-sunset or a night / or fireworks composition - all of which could provide for some really dramatic exposure effects. I personally use long exposure photography mostly for night photography (after sunset / before sunrise - as I like to call it, the Blue Hours) and firework displays.

Long exposures (during daylight) are also achievable with the use of filters (see section on ND filters).

Not just for DSLR Cameras
Long exposure photography is not limited to DSLR cameras only, but will indeed be possible with some compact / bridge cameras (ie. the Canon PowerShot G and SX Series) and should be tried. Even with shutter speed limitations of 15 seconds on many of the Canon SX-series compact cameras.


Some compact cameras have very short shutter open / close times while others can do exposures up to 15 to 30 seconds - more than enough to experiment with (eve for fireworks Photograph). 

Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips
Canon EOS 6D / 16-35mm Lens : Milnerton Beach, Cape Town

Av Mode Preference (for controlling aperture)
Creating long exposures for my 'Table Mountain After Sunset / Sea Point Seascapes " shots I generally use Av Mode (Aperture Value) on the mode dial (also called Aperture priority mode). Av Mode provides user control over lens aperture size ie. f/11 or f/16, but the camera will select the most appropriate shutter speed (ie. 1 or 10 seconds). You can also use Manual Mode (you control Aperture / Shutter speed / ISO) or Time Value Mode or Tv Mode on the mode dial (you control shutter speed and the camera decide on the aperture ie. f/11 or f/16).

Low ISO's for minimizing noise and don't forget the tripod
For night photography it is recommended to set your camera to ISO 100 or ISO 200 for minimizing unwanted digital noise. Due to the longer exposure time generated by the camera it will be required to use a sturdy tripod for preventing unnecessary camera movements. A quality tripod is always a good investment - do the necessary research and get the best you can afford. I currently use a Manfrotto 190X MK190X3-3W (804RC2 pan/tilt head) for all my night / landscape photography requirements.


After Sunset / Night Photography Setup & Tips (Using Av Mode)
Milnerton Lighthouse after sunset (light trails) : From Arnhem, Milnerton

Shutter speed
There is also 'Bulb mode' an extended shutter speed mode selection available in Manual or Tv mode (not in Av mode) - meaning there is a manual time-setting which you can control the shutter for opening and closing for up to a few hours if you want (will require external power supply). In Canon (some EOS model inTv or M Mode) just dial past the 30 seconds general 'limit'. Think star trails - exposure time of +- 30 minutes and longer. Or if you want exact shutter time control when shooting fireworks (say 3 to 8 seconds, but you control it). On the enthusiast and professional EOS DSLR's Bulb mode is a separate exposure function on the mode dial and of great assistance for long exposure photography
.

For many Long Exposure (Night Photograph) images Av mode is sufficient for shooting with apertures between f/11 - f/22 (these apertures will provide enough depth of field (DOF) / back to front sharpness across the entire frame - and is based on general landscape photography apertures). 


NoteThe camera will automatically assign a longer shutter time as the light fade and / or as I adjust the aperture to a larger f/(stop) value (ie. from f/11 to f/16 to let even less light onto the camera's image sensor).

Shutter Speed limitation in Av / Tv / Manual Mode
Most DSLR's, certainly Canon APS-C and Full Frame bodies are limited to 30 seconds exposure time (in all shooting modes), In most cases this is long enough, but for manual shutter speed / exposure control it is recommended to use Bulb Mode with a cable or remote release. Long Exposure / 30 seconds auto-shutter release in Av Mode. Canon EOS 6D Demo>>


Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips - Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers
20 Seconds Exposure Photography - Sea Point Cape Town

Bulb Mode

Most modern DSLR's will have a separate Bulb Mode (on the Mode Dial). By using Bulb Mode the photographer can specify a predetermined exposure time / shutter speed by manually controlling the shutter speed or by using a cable or remote release.


I use the the Canon RS-80N3 Cable Remote Cable Release Switch for allowing manual opening and closing control of the shutter release time. Bulb Mode is an important functionality for using for Fireworks Photography for capturing various exposure times during the duration of a fireworks display. Canon EOS 6D Bulb Mode>>

Capturing / Shooting Fireworks

Long Exposure / Fireworks Photography Setup & Tips
Fireworks Long Exposure Photography  Bulb Mode : Over Table Bay

For the photo on the right  - Fireworks with a Zoom Lens - I used a Canon EOS 700D and EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens with the following settings: Bulb Mode ISO 100, Aperture f/8. Manual focus with Remote Shutter Release (Bulb) and Manfrotto Compact Tripod (+- 1 kilometer from the fireworks show).


More Fireworks
  • Fireworks V&A Waterfront Cape Town 2014 >>
  • Fireworks V&A Waterfront Cape Town 2015 >>
  • Fireworks V&A Waterfront Cape Town 2016 >>

Fireworks with a Compact Camera (using the Fireworks Scene Mode)
Many compacts, such as the Canon Powershot series cameras (ie. SX40 HS / SX50 HS / SX60 HS) will offer a Fireworks Scene Mode - an automatic mode for controlling the required fireworks / scene exposure. 

Remote Control
The Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote Control (optional) accessory is a very cost-effective solution that I use for most of my long exposure photography (paired with Canon EOS 700D / EOS 70D / EOS 6D and various lenses). There are various other compatible wired / wireless remote controls on the market. Lately I prefer the Canon RS-80N3 Cable Remote Cable Release (for timing accuracy).

Remote Canon EOS / PowerShot Shooting via Android / iOS App
Another option to shoot with a remote Android / iOS App (should the camera have WiFi / NFC functionality). This will work well for Night Photography for i.e. a landscape scene, but is not very effective to simulate Bulb Mode for .i.e. Fireworks Photography.

How do I set my Canon camera for Long Exposure Photography?

My Camera / Lens settings for Night Photography using Av Mode (Architecture / Landscapes / Seascapes)

Camera

  • Canon body: EOS 6D (Any DSLR / Mirrorless should be fine)
  • Aperture Priority / Av Mode
  • Aperture: f/11 - f/16 (controlled by the photographer)
  • ISO 100 - 200  (Not auto-ISO)
  • Shutter Speed: Up to 30 seconds (camera controlled)
  • Switch Long Exposure Noise Reduction off 
  • Set remote timer on / use remote control (optional)
  • Set camera to Live View (to view everything on the LCD screen)
  • Canon RS-80N3 Cable Remote Switch
  • Manfrotto Tripod 190X MK190X3-3W

Lens

  • Preferred lenses: Canon EF 24-70mm lens / Canon EF 16-35mm lens
  • Zoom in / out until satisfied with whats in the frame
  • Turn Image Stabilization off (if an IS lens)- Turn Auto-Focus (AF) off
  • Hyperfocal Distance calculation / estimation 'rule of thumb'


My Camera / Lens settings for Night Photography / Fireworks using Bulb Mode

Camera

  • Canon body: EOS 6D (Any DSLR / Mirrorless should be fine)
  • Bulb Mode (as a Manual Mode setting)
  • Aperture: f/8 - f/16 (controlled by the photographer)
  • ISO 100 - 200  (Not auto-ISO)
  • Shutter Speed: 1 sec - a few minutes (controlled by the photographer)
  • Switch Long Exposure Noise Reduction off 
  • Set remote timer on / use remote control (optional)
  • Set camera to Live View (to view everything on the LCD screen)
  • Canon RS-80N3 Cable Remote Switch
  • Manfrotto Tripod 190X MK190X3-3W

Lens

  • Preferred lenses: Canon EF 24-70mm lens / EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM lens
  • Zoom in / out until satisfied with perspective / framing
  • Turn Image Stabilization off (if an IS lens)- Turn Auto-Focus (AF) off 
  • Hyperfocal Distance calculation / estimation 'rule of fhumb'

Manual Focus in Live View Mode

Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips
Canon EOS 6D Manual Focus ISO 100 / f/16 20 seconds Milnerton Lagoon

Check that your subject foreground and background is in focus (for deep Depth of Field / small aperture sharpness) by adjusting the zoom on barrel of lens / or zoom ring in front (this will be camera and lens-dependent). Use Hyperfocal Distance measuring (or the Hyperfocal Distance 'rule of thumb' estimation.

I generally magnify the scene in the LCD screen and fine-tune the midpoint to background until satisfied with focus.

Camera Shake / Steadiness
The camera will take between 2 to 15 seconds or longer to complete the exposure and therefore the complete camera system should not be moved / touched. Even a slight breeze will influence the final image ito possible blurriness or unsharp image quality.

Using long shutter release times towards a second or longer will, without doubt, increase camera shake. A sturdy tripod will assist in keeping the camera absolute as still as possible. I use the Canon Remote Shutter Release to fire the shutter - assists with not touching the camera. My tripod of choice: Manfrotto Tripod 190X MK190X3-3W

Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips
Canon EOS 700D  Manual Focus ISO 100 f/16 30 seconds : Milnerton Beach

When the sun is setting fast...

I generally wait until after the sun is behind the horizon and start a few tests by just pressing the shutter half-way to see what shutter speed the camera will provide. So I wait for 4 to 5 seconds before I press the remote release for the camera to start the exposure. Camera will process the photo and you will be able to see result in Live View / on the LCD.

As it get darker the camera will meter less available light and automatically increase the shutter speed to 5 then 6 and more seconds sometimes beyond 30 seconds - all of these exposure times will lead to camera shake if not on tripod. The Tripod counters this and provides for blur-free and noise-free images.

I generally take about 20 shots between 5 and 30 to 40 seconds.


Using ND Filters for Longer Exposures (for longer exposures during the day)
Sea Point Cape Town  ND64 Filter .5 seconds : Sea Point Cape Town

Using ND Filters for Longer Daytime Exposures
Its also possible to use Neutral Density (ND) filters for reducing light entering the lens / camera (during daylight shooting). There are different screw-in or slot-in type filters each with different optical densities / f-stop reductions ie ND2 = 1 stop of light, ND16 = 4 stops of light and ND64 = 6 stops of light. 

I personally use a Hoya 77mm Pro ND64 Filter for capturing longer day time exposures with a Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Ultra-Wide lens. The image on right was captured with the Hoya filter (for creating silky-looking water during daylight - quite a while before sunset).

Av Mode (Canon EOS 6D):
  • ISO 100 - 200
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter Speed +- .5 second 
  • Focal length +- 25mm 
  • Manfrotto Tripod

Shooting the moon: Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips
 Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Original Post  Arnhem, Milnerton

Photographing the moon with a compact camera tips
Shooting the moon tends to be be very popular for DSLR and compact camera photographers when they're starting out and / or testing the sharpness of their lenses.

The adjacent moon capture was created with a non-DSLR Canon PowerShot SX40 HS super-zoom compact (Milnerton, Cape Town) with the following settings (with no post-processing):

Av Mode:

  • ISO 200 
  • Aperture f/8 
  • Shutter Speed +- 1 second 
  • Focal length +- 2200mm 
  • Manfrotto Tripod 

My Go-To Settings for Night Photography

  • Canon EOS DSLR body (APS-C or Full Frame) 
  • Canon EF Ultra-Wide / Wide / Telephoto Lens (between 16-300mm) 
  • RAW / In-camera noise reduction turned off 
  • LCD / Live View for focusing (not OVF) 
  • Manual Focus / Image Stabilization off 
  • ISO 100-200 
  • Aperture f/8 - f/16 
  • Shutter Speed +1-30 Seconds (or Bulb mode) 
  • Remote release or 2-Second Self-Timer 
  • Manfrotto 190 Tripod

Long Exposure | Night Photography

"Long exposure in night photography is a technique used to capture images in low-light conditions by keeping the camera's shutter open for an extended period. This method allows more light to hit the camera's sensor, resulting in brighter and more detailed photos in dark environments.

When using long exposure for night photography, here are some key points to consider:

1. Stability: Use a tripod to keep the camera steady during the long exposure. This helps prevent blur caused by hand movement.

2. Shutter Speed: Longer exposure times, typically ranging from a few seconds to several minutes, are used to gather enough light in low-light situations. Experiment with different shutter speeds to achieve the desired effect.

3. Aperture:  A wide aperture (lower f-stop number) allows more light to enter the lens, aiding in capturing brighter images.

4. ISO:  While a higher ISO setting makes the camera more light-sensitive, it can introduce more digital noise. Try to find a balance between ISO, aperture, and shutter speed to get the best results.

5. Remote Shutter Release or Timer: To avoid camera shake when triggering the shutter, use a remote shutter release or the camera's built-in timer to start the exposure.

6. Composition:  Pay attention to composition and framing. Since the exposure time is longer, ensure that the elements in the frame will work well together for the duration of the exposure.

7. Experimentation: Long exposure photography is an art that often involves experimentation and practice. Don't hesitate to try different settings and compositions to achieve the desired result.

Subjects that work well for long exposure night photography include cityscapes with moving cars, star trails, light trails, or serene landscapes under moonlight.

Remember, the settings you use will depend on the specific conditions you're shooting in, so there's no one-size-fits-all approach. Practice and experimentation will help you hone your skills and achieve the desired effects in your night photography." (Source: ChatGPT 2023)

Below are various captures from Fireworks / Ferris Wheel / various long exposure captures all required shutter speeds of 8 - 30 seconds.

(Click to Enlarge / Slideshow)
Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm Lens f/16 / ISO 200 / 53 seconds
Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm Lens f/16 / ISO 200 / 53 seconds

Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips Milnerton Lagoon Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm Lens f/16 / ISO 100 / 30 seconds 

Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips Milnerton Lagoon Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm Lens f/16 / ISO 100 / 20 seconds 

Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips Milnerton Lagoon Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm Lens f/16 / ISO 100 / 20 seconds 

Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips Milnerton Lagoon Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens f/16 / ISO 100 8 seconds

Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips Milnerton Lagoon Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens f/16 / ISO 100 10 seconds

Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips Fireworks From Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens f/11 ISO 100 8 seconds

Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens f/4.5 ISO 800 (handheld)

Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens f/18 ISO 100 30 seconds

Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips Cape Town
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens f/18 ISO 100 20 seconds

Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips Cape Town
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS f/8 ISO 100 15 seconds

Photography Training: Introduction to the Exposure Triangle - ISO / Aperture / Shutter Speed View

10 December 2023

Gentleman on a Bicycle... Flower for Thought

Wildflower - Diep River,  Woodbridge Island

Wildflower Diep River Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers

Returning from my early morning hike on Thursday a man on a bicycle approach me, stopped next to me and introduced himself. His first words even before the formal introduction were “It must be tough when there are no birds around the river’. He had a point, but I’ve captured the birds (and a few flowers) earlier in the morning and was returning from the Table Bay Nature Reserve after stalking the black-crowned night heron.

Anyway, we started talking and although he was not particularly interested in photography he had a thought-provoking philosophy about nature’s significant role in our daily lives. I found the 45-minutes or so conversation about this man’s fundamental beliefs and his interpretation of the role of nature quite fascinating.

While processing this wildflower image this morning I realised our discussion was perhaps right next to the exact location where I captured this image earlier on my hike that morning. I’ve been thinking about the gentleman on his bicycle all weekend and he kept my mind busy with his quite unusual approach to life, nature and the meaning of life.

Early morning Hike Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island >>

Canon Camera / Lens:
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L IS II USM lens @ 400mm

Exposure Settings:
  • Av Mode
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Auto-ISO 160
  • Shutter Speed: 1/500s

Post-Processing with Adobe Lightroom Classic Version 12

Photography Training Intaka Island | Kirstenbosch Garden | Woodbridge Island

Woodbridge Island Nature Sightings on a Thursday Hike

Birds and Wildflower at Woodbridge Island / Table Bay Nature Reserve

Canon EOS 70D / Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens

Cape Teal Duck in Flight Diep River, Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Cape Teal Duck in Flight : Diep River, Woodbridge Island

Pre-Sales (Used) Field Evaluation of the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens

In preparing for selling a relative new Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6.L IS II USM lens for a private client I paired the lens with one of my Canon EOS 70D's and went on a hike into the Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island.

For Sale: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens, Cape Town >>

The morning started in very good light and no wind, but unfortunatly very quickly turned into an clouded sky with a northerly breeze. Nevertheless, I had full confidence in my body/lens pairing and went deep into the reserve as I would on most other occasions.

Grey Heron Flying into the Sun Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Grey Heron Flying into the Sun Woodbridge Island

I have also done a similar exercise (close-up butterflies and wildflowers) with the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens at Kirstenbosch Garden.

Woodbridge Island birds / flower photographed during the morning:
  • Cape Teal Duck in flight
  • Grey heron in flight
  • Yellow-billed duck in flight
  • Cape teal duck
  • Southern masked weaver
  • Levaillant's cisticola
  • Black-crowned night heron 
  • Purple wildflower

Canon Camera / Lens / Exposure Settings: 
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens
  • Manual Mode: 400mm / f/5.6 / Auto- ISO (Various) / 1/2500s Shutter Speed
  • Av Mode: 400mm f/5.6 / Auto-ISO (Various) Shutter Speed (Various) 

Post-Processing
: Adobe Lightroom Classic Version 12

Grey Heron Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Grey Heron in Flight : Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

Yellow-Billed Duck Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Yellow-Billed Duck in Flight : Above the Diep River, Woodbridge Island

Cape Teal Duck Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Cape Teal Duck : Diep River, Woodbridge Island

Southern Masked Weaver Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Southern Masked Weaver : Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island

Levaillant's Cisticola Diep River Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Levaillant's Cisticola : Diep River Woodbridge Island

Black-Crowned Night Heron Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Black-Crowned Night Heron Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island

Wildflower Diep River Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Wildflower : Diep River Woodbridge Island

Canon Photography Training Inaka Island | Kirstenbosch GardenWoodbridge Island

Kids' Birds of Southern Africa - Book by Hélène Loon

Learn All About The Incredible World Of Birds!

Kids' Birds of Southern Africa - By Hélène Loon (Front Cover)
Copyright: Struik Nature / Penguin Random House South Africa

I was pleasantly surprised after receiving a hand-delivered copy of Hélène Loon's latest book, Kids' Birds of Southern Africa.

A few months ago Hélène contacted me regarding the use of one of my Great white pelican images for her upcoming Kids' Bird book. As many of you will know that my Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy excludes the direct sales and / or publication rights of using any of my own photography images (with a few exceptions).

Vernon Chalmers 'Lazy Pelican' in Kids' Birds of Southern Africa - Book by Hélène Loon
Vernon Chalmers 'Lazy Pelican' Image - Top Right

With her professional approach and the fact that the pelican image will be published in an upcoming educational book project for kids left me with no hesitation for granting her permission to use one of the two images of the 'Lazy Pelican of Woodbridge Island'. I still remember capturing the pelican images in great early morning light. Indeed a few special moments followed-up a few years later with an equally special request. Many people over the years liked and commented on the image and it was more than a fair request on behalf of bird education for kids.

Hélène regularly communicated the progress of the book project with me and on receiving my personal copy from the author I was not only very pleased to see how the Great white pelican image was portrayed, but the way in which the entire Kids' Birds of Southern Africa book was organised in such vibrant and easy modern way for kids to learn more about Southern Africa's many bird species. I'm sure many adult birders will also find the book of great value to enhance their own current knowledge.

I am delighted for her for achieving this accomplishment and wishing her the very best return on the special investment she has made in the awareness and educating children about the birds of Southern Africa.

Kids' Birds of Southern Africa - By Hélène Loon
Image Copyright: Struik Nature / Penguin Random House South Africa

Also Available In Afrikaans & isiZulu

From the Publisher: Struik Nature / Penguin Random House South Africa
This lively book, jam-packed with information about more than 60 bird groups, introduces kids to the wonderful variety of southern Africa’s winged creatures – from long-legged flamingos and speedy falcons to jewel-like sunbirds and plucky hornbills, and many more.

Learn to identify different birds and discover their intriguing behaviours – how they find food, choose a mate, build a nest, raise their young and avoid predators.

An informative introduction explains birding concepts such as courtship, migration, mobbing and moulting in an entertaining way. More than 500 stunning photographs are included, with many annotated to highlight interesting features and traits. (Copyright as per Publisher's Press Release)

www.struiknature.co.za / www.penguinrandomhouse.co.za

Kids’ Birds of Southern Africa is also available in isiZulu and Afrikaans

Recommended by Birdlife South Africa and the Mapula Trust

More About Hélène Loon
Hélène Loon holds an honours degree in ornithology from the University of Cape Town. She has extensive experience in ornithological research, including crane conservation and roller monitoring projects.

Price and Availability
Recommended Retail Price: R130 - R160. The book is available at most bookshops (Exclusive Books, Bargain Books, the Kirstenbosch bookshop and online at Takealot etc.)

Hélène can be contacted on Facebook Messenger

Kids' Birds of Southern Africa - Contents

Introduction
  • What is a bird?
  • Feathers
  • Bird senses
  • Songs and calls
  • Unusual menus
  • Breeding
  • Eggs
  • Brood parasites
  • Teamwork
  • Migration 

Seabirds
  • African Penguin
  • Cape Gannet
  • African Oystercatcher
  • Terns and gulls
  • Albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters

Freshwater Birds
  • Kingfishers
  • Pelicans
  • Spoonbills
  • Hamerkop
  • Darters and cormorants
  • Flamingos 
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Pied Avocet 
  • Jacanas
  • Herons and egrets
  • Waders 
  • Ducks and geese
  • Coots, crakes and moorhens

Groundbirds
  • Ostrich
  • Secretarybird
  • Guineafowl
  • Francolin and spurfowl
  • Cranes
  • Bustards and korhaans

Birds of Prey
  • Eagles
  • Kites
  • Buzzards
  • Falcons and kestrels
  • Vultures 

Nocturnal Birds
  • Owls
  • Nightjars
  • Thick-knees

Bush and Woodland Birds
  • Woodpeckers
  • Barbets
  • Rollers
  • Bee-eaters
  • Storks
  • Parrots 
  • Hornbills
  • Swallows
  • Swifts
  • Babblers
  • Drongos
  • Shrikes
  • Seed-eaters
  • LBJs: Little Brown Jobs
  • Turacos and go-away-birds

Urban Birds
  • Starlings 
  • Doves and pigeons
  • Bulbuls
  • Wagtails
  • Sparrows
  • Lapwings
  • Weavers
  • Sunbirds
  • Robin-chats
  • Thrushes
  • White-eyes
  • Mousebirds 
  • African Hoopoe
  • Wood-hoopoes
  • Coucals
  • Crows
  • Hadeda Ibis
  • Egyptian Goose

Picture Credits

Kids' Birds of Southern Africa - By Hélène Loon
Image Copyright: Struik Nature / Penguin Random House South Africa

Kids' Birds of Southern Africa  ISBN Numbers

ePub ISBN: 9781775848325

English ISBN: 9781775848318

Afrikaans ISBN: 9781775848332

isiZulu ISBN: 9781775848493

Published with permission from Hélène Loon, Author of 'Kids' Birds of Southern Africa'

Important Notice to Vernon Chalmers International Clients / Guests

Photography Training and Accommodation Booking | Payment Procedures

Important Notice to Vernon Chalmers International Clients | Guests

Vernon Chalmers Location: Milnerton, Western Cape, South Africa

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I receive regular Photography and Accommodation bookings from abroad. Herewith some important booking / payment procedures for prospective international clients or guests viewing the Vernon Chalmers Photography or Accommodation websites to assist with itinerary decisions.

International Pricing for Photography Tours / Training
I do not charge different rates from my local South African Rand (ZAR) currency (as specified on my websites / Social Media posts). All international currency quotations, proposals and invoices are directly quoted against any international currency on any business day/ or end of financial week (if requested over a weekend). All quotes, proposals and invoices will specify the ZAR value and adjacent the international currency of choice.

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Vernon Chalmers Photography International Payments
Unfortunately I do not accept any Paypal fund transfers. All international quotations, invoices and / or proposals will have all my required international banking / Inward Payment required information for wire transfers / payments. Any prospective international client is welcome to Contact me for any additional information. I am currently investigating other means of direct cost-effective transfers, but prefer the above wire payment option.

A recent Dollar wire transfer into my bank account processed in less 12 hours to clear via my bank's Inward Payment department. The complete process from releasing the $ funds until receipt in ZAR into my account was well-documented and secure.

Note: For international Photography Tours and Training I require 21-30 days notice for a booking. This is mainly due to my personal availability. Should I be available I will prepare the required quotation, invoice or proposal as soon as possible with a 50% payment due within 5 working days (due to currency fluctuations) and the balance of payment due before arrival. The second payment will be fixed at the rate of the first 50%. A ZAR cash payment for the second 50% will also be accepted. Contact me for discussing transaction / payment detail.

Vernon Photography Training Gift Vouchers
Photography Training Gift Vouchers will follow the same international payment procedures as Photography Training and Tours. The only difference is that a 100% payment is required on Gift Voucher purchase. 

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Vernon Chalmers / Self-Catering Accommodation Bookings
For International guests (my Blu-C Self-Catering Accommodation Apartment only) I strongly recommend to use one of my hosting partners. Booking.com or Travelground. Both of these agencies use the same rates and both are synched with the same calendar in terms of  reservation availability. The rates quotes should be international (in the country the booking enquiry is made from). Again, this rate is 100% equivalent to the ZAR rate local guests pay for their booking via the same hosting partners.

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Combined Photography Training / Accommodation Booking Packages
This will depend on availability and specific requirements. Rates will be calculated as I would normally calculate any local quotation, invoice or proposal - with the international currency (exchange rate specified). The payment 50% / 50% process and payment requirements will be the same as my Photography quotations, proposals or invoices. It is strongly recommend to contact me at least 30 to 90 days in advance to enquire about this option.

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