1) Why did you become a photographer?
I have a complete and utter love for the bush and all things wild. Getting to take my wildlife images back home to Johannesburg makes living in the city bearable.
2) What is your preferred kind of photography?
I am a wildlife and landscape photographer by profession but love sports photography as well.
3) Whose work has influenced you the most?
I would have to say Chad Cocking (since we share the same first name!), Morkel Erasmus and Marlon du Toit. All these guys are home grown and are the best in the business, in my opinion.
4) Your favourite image you have taken?
I love these three images- they speak volumes to me. All my images that I sell have a unique story behind them (that I pass on to clients who purchase my work) - that's why I choose to put the time and effort into editing some, and not others.
|Seconds After The Chase by Chad Wright|
|Playful Hippos by Chad Wright|
|Aardwolf by Chad Wright|
5) What type of cameras do you shoot with?
My main body is a Canon 1Ds Mk II and my other body is a Canon 1D Mk II (more for bird and sport photography).
6) Favourite equipment to take along on a shoot?
I never leave home without my 300mm f2.8L lens. Since it isn't stabilized and weighs a ton when strapped to a 1D body, I recently purchased a Badger Gear "Ground Pod" and a sturdy ball head which sits on a beanbag on my car door.
7) What is the best time of the day to take shot?
Mornings, with out a doubt. Just remember your flask filled with strong coffee!
8) How do you educate yourself to take better photos?
I am currently in the process of getting my FGASA level 1 field guiding certificate to help me along with tracking wildlife and understanding the bush around me.
9) How do you feel about being in front of the camera?
I don't enjoy others taking pics of me, Claire and I normally wonder around a given location with a tri-pod and do it ourselves.
|Chad and his girlfriend|
10) What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
Don't pop into your favourite camera store "just to have a look around"! You don't need any more equipment!
11) What makes the good picture stand out from the average?
As much as composition, lighting, DOF, etc help make a good shot, if there is a good story behind the image and you can capture it you've got a winner in my opinion.
12) Is there anybody or anything you would love to photograph
The elephants and wild dogs of Mana Pools in Zimbabwe.
13) Complete the sentence: If you could be invisible for one day with your camera…
I'd wonder around the deepest part of Kruger to see what I could find.
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