Wildlife Photographer - Ross Couper
YOUR BUSINESS NAME:
Resident Photographer at Singita Game Reserve
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS:
As the resident photographer for Singita Game Reserve I provide vast genre of content but concentrate more on wildlife photography for the brand, so my days are spent mostly in the open aired landrover capturing these moments.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AS A PHOTOGRAPHER:
DO YOU FEEL IT WAS AN INSTANT SUCCESS OR DID IT TAKE A WHILE TO FIND ITS FEET?
I am a self taught photographer so it was definitely the case of finding my feet first. A lot of hours were spent behind my camera’s manual book and You Tube tutorials so it was a lengthy process to understand it all. Photography is an everyday learning as it is not just your camera you have to know in and out but editing programs and also keeping with the trends and creating new trends for social media platforms.
IF ANY, WHAT KIND OF JOBS DID YOU HAVE BEFORE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CAREER TOOK OFF?
I started my work career as a field guide so spending all day in bush has certainly assisted my scope as being a intuitive photographer to the wildlife I photograph.
DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU CHOSE YOUR "PASSION," OR DID IT CHOOSE YOU?
I am certainly meant to be where I am am at present. I was born in Zimbabwe where my father was a game warden so I have always had the bush in my heart, I am extremely fortunate that I found myself back here after traveling aboard for a few years so you can certainly say the bush is my calling. My art genre was wildlife and spent my teenage years painting the Big 5 on ostrich eegs to select curios stores to pay for my field guide studies for when I left school.
WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO FOLLOW A CREATIVE CAREER CHOICE (THOUGH POSSIBLY RISKY) RATHER THAN SOMETHING MORE STABLE?
Photographs will always be in demand and I was fortunate to be with Singita where their printed collateral was being replaced with digital images for all their platforms so the need for more images was prevalent.
HAVE YOU EVER DOUBTED YOUR TALENT? IF SO, HOW DID YOU WORK THROUGH YOUR DOUBT?
Wildlife photography has become wildly popular and in the beginning I relied heavily on my equipment that I had, ensuring that I had the best camera gear with the most megapixels but as I was constantly in the field, with a better understanding of their behaviour, I could always pre-empt the wildlife movements to allow for the best shot possible based on behaviour.
WHERE SHOULD WORKING CREATIVES GET MORE INFO ON WORKSHOPS / YOUR OFFERINGS?
Follow my wildlife photography on the social media platforms of Singita Game Reserve and my artistic wildlife images on my own social media platforms and website.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LENS AND WHY?
Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Still trying to save up for this fixed prime lens but the low aperture abilities of this lens in the wild creates beautiful moments as not only is it s a great distance lens, the bokeh it creates on the low f stop creates dramatic and realistic images allowing the viewer to feel that they were right next to you at the time of the photo being taken and emotionally this connects the viewer.
ARE YOU WORKING ON ANY OUT OF THE ORDINARY PROJECTS AT THE MOMENT?
I am trying video making - short snippets to connect the stills to the actual reality, as sound is so important to connect with the environment.
JUST FOR FUN
WHAT IS PLAYING IN YOUR CD PLAYER/IPOD RIGHT NOW?
Actually haven’t changed my playlist for a while, I was training for Comrades and had quiet a bit of upbeat music and now that it is done and dusted, guess I am leaving the music as is… for Comrades 2019 training :)
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ’90S SONG?
It was in the 80’s - Johnny Clegg any of his music.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT WHEN YOU’RE ALONE IN YOUR CAR?
I go over a lot of those missed shots whilst driving my open aired Land Rover in the bush. Whether I did not focus correctly not the subject or I did not judge what the subject was doing correctly, the replay in my mind certainly helps for the next time.
WHAT WERE YOU LIKE IN HIGH SCHOOL?
Art was my main subject so I was quiet dedicated to my school career. I was deputy prefect so had a lot of responsibilities but sports kept me busy.
KNOWING WHAT YOU KNOW NOW, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL YOUR HIGH SCHOOL SELF?
Just follow your heart and don’t do anything different.
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