Being a photographer is about visual experimentation and imagination. Imagination should separate your photography from the rest of the crowd. If your images are very similar to those from thousands of shooters, their market value will be lower than images in a microstock subscription model…  Photography only has three tools to make your images of landscapes, cathedrals, people, animals or objects look different from the rest. They are: your lens and equipment, your style and your imagination.  Wildlife photographer, Anup Shah, used imagination to make these standout animal shots.


The images are a breath of fresh air or maybe better put, a breath of fresh hyena. The wide angle view, the ground level perspective and the extreme proximity of the camera to the subject show us African wildlife as it is hard to see from a safari van (if you don´t want to risk your life). Ok, he may have used a beetle-cam of some sort to take them, but using imagination to have an unusual perspective is what differentiates one photographer from another or better still, differentiates an image from another. The compositions of the images we show here, a small selection of the great work he sent, using a stretching elephant trunk or high-stepping wildebeast legs to frame the rest of the shot, are daring and accomplished.  A final mark of Shah´s professionality can be read in the image description which includes the common and latin name for the animal, as well as the specific location of the shot.  

So the question remains, when you take your camera out on the street or into the wilderness to take photos, how much imagination do you put in your photography? How much effort do you put in your shots to make your images personal and different?  You might not be a wildlife photographer, but you should also experiment with different lens, styles, angles, perspectives and compositions.  Will your image surprise or bore a client or photo editor?  The market is full of dull, repetitive images, it craves new and surprising shots.


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