Comprehensive Guide to Safari Photography


It is undeniable that undertaking an African safari is a once in a lifetime opportunity that every traveler should never miss to enjoy in a lifetime. However, there is nothing as fascinating as participating in photography because it is a medium of displaying the significance of Preservation of nature in addition to the beauty of natural wonders such as wildlife, landscapes and cultures thus it would be an added advantage to engage in photo taking to keep memorable experiences of the safari.

However, both experienced or novices planning and intending to undertake a photography trip has to understand some of the basics thus this articles brings some of the important guidelines to consider when shooting the wildlife which include the following;

Understand and know the details about your gear

Unlike the common methods of shooting, it is popular for wildlife photographers to carry two bodies with lenses installed on each of them. This is good because it is known that changing lenses is very cumbersome and tedious especially in the hot sunny days.

Therefore, it is advisable to equip zoom telephoto lenses so as to have decent shots from a far and to be on a safer side, the longer the better. Most times, lenses can cause a problem if you are in a vehicle trying to shot so it is advisable to take photos in bright light to further optimize the burst speed and of course reduce camera shake.

Know your portrayal

There is a difference in taking an animal hunting or running and taking a composed shot of a stationery animal but one thing to know is animal interaction is  beautiful to capture and rarely seen on a daily basis. Therefore, put a keen interest on framing, overall composition and symmetry of what animals are doing especially if you have a long zoom lens to capture all kinds of emotions in the eyes of these animals.

Always pay attention to your immediate surroundings

It is important to know and understand the weather and lighting in the environment to avoid breaking your shots. You can imagine the overwhelming experience and excitement you get after seeing an animal for the first time but don’t let this excitement compromise your photography thus be very quick in your shots but don’t forget to evaluate your shots and hang around for a while to see if you can get better ones.

Always be patient

Patience is the number one character you need when in the wilderness for wildlife photography thus you will be required to wait for the wildlife such as elephants that may take more time or looking inactive but being patient for at least 15 minutes id rewarding. Sometimes stopping at the most common animals may offer many opportunities for your safari thus after reviewing your photos, try to capture them a little closer or in different lighting condition to add on variety to your shots.

Study and Know or understand your camera settings

Make sure to respect the Park rules and regulations when dealing with wildlife when in the wilderness and also avoid using flash cameras when conducting some activities such as gorilla trekking thus it is always important to practice how to use your camera so as to compensate for any lack of experience you have.

It is also good to priotize the Aperture for a number of lighting conditions when coupled with exposure compensations but also, hand shutter speed is important for taking birds in flight without worry of blur due to the strong African sunshine.

Don’t forget to pack camera accessories

What would the cameras be without accessories? Therefore, make sure to pack one or two accessories such as a small beanbag or cushion to be able t balance your camera while taking shots of the animals you spot but will also reduce on camera shaking and protect your DSLR while shooting out of the car.


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