Martin Meyer is a 35-year-old wildlife conservation photographer based in Johannesburg. His heart for conservation and passion for animals is what motivates him to travel. As a child, they visited the Pilanesberg National Park as part of their December holiday every year. Here, he started his photographic journey with a Canon 350D and the excitement to capture anything and everything.
Over time, editing and experimenting with his photographs became part of the journey and from the below photos you will see that this definitely adds a unique twist to his work. Pushing the limits of his editing allowed him to communicate more of what he felt in the moment, rather than just what he saw, which resulted in stunning moody wildlife photographs. Through post-processing edits, he could do justice to his images and deliver true works of art that speak to its viewer.
First, Martin edits in Adobe Lightroom where he makes minor tweaks and fine-tunes a few settings. The next step is in Adobe Photoshop where he makes finer adjustments with perfect control using his Wacom tablet.
I shoot with the Canon EOS R and 7D MK II cameras, and use the highly-versatile EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II lens in conjunction with a 1.4x Mk III extender when the light allows. I also shoot with the Canon 500mm f/4 (1st edition) lens.
It is only over the past 3 years that I’ve really started posting my images on Instagram and have been fortunate enough to connect with organisations that offer unique opportunities for documentation.
My photography philosophy is to create images for people to fall in love with nature and animals – just as I did as a child and hopefully create awareness so they can also play their part in caring for our natural heritage. Here are a few of my favourite shots and the stories behind them: