Tips For Photography Safaris In Africa


A wildlife safari adventure is always a lifetime remarkable experience when you add to it the fun of photography. For those planning for any wildlife safari in any of the African countries in the near future, it is better to consider some of the aspects of photography before embarking on a safari.

To get the best photos while on safari, it needs a traveler to follow the basic tips of photography that can result in to having the best photos. It is true that sticking to the basics and building on them can improve the skills of a good photographer. This copy can assist in unveiling the aspects of best photography during a wildlife safari in Africa.

The first consideration is selecting the kind of digital camera to use; there are two kinds of digital cameras, one with an inbuilt lens and the other has a detachable lens. During wildlife photographing, it is vital to be able to zoom so close to the subject, meaning there is a need for minimum of 10x option zoom or digital SLR, with a lens of at least 300mm.

Note that larger magnifications can be used for photographing birds. Quality equipment has image stabilization technology which is vital when it comes to safari photo shooting.

It is always fun when it comes to wildlife photography because of the digital cameras, with variety of camcorders on the market, but constantly the technology keeps on advancing. Many camcorders have the 20x  zoom option which is perfect for wildlife safari, but don’t zoom it to high it will definitely exaggerate magnification and produce images that are broken up in to small squares and not so good.

However, some digital camcorders will take still images, the quality of a still photograph is dependent on the lighting. Therefore for the best wildlife safari photos it is recommended that you take it in the morning or late in the afternoon when the sun rays come in an angle of 30-45 degrees. At midday, the sun rays come direct overhead hence creating black shadows on and around the subject.

It is important to choose the right place of the subject on the viewfinder of the camera. This aspect of photography can separate great photos from the ordinary ones. Some of the mistakes to be avoided includes chopping off part of the subject, zooming in too tightly and placing the subject in the center of the frame.

It is always perfect when the animal is pictured off from the center space. Besides that, it is not recommended to place the horizon of the landscape pictures in the bottom or top of the frame but rather in the very center which will create more interesting image.

As many cameras have image stabilization technology. Still blurred photographs are caused by camera shaking, which is normally as a result of not holding the camera properly, not selecting the right exposure options hence long shutter speeds. The use of a tripod is not easy to beat but this is not very practical on a safari. Some visitors will extend one leg of a tripod or use a monopod. In the absence of a tripod, travelers can roll a jacket or sweater place on the widow edge or through the rooftop which is the perfect location for taking the photographs.

But vibrations from vehicles are the major cause of blurred images during safari photography, always request the driver guide to turn the engine off to have the best of the safari photos.

It is necessary to have many batteries for the camera during the safari. Don’t forget the electrical adapter which is important for connecting to any local power source.

Most safari lodges and camps are connected to the national grid or at least have standby generators that can be used for charging the batteries.

Take many batteries along during the safari with some acting as backups. For the external memory cards, consider taking two or three copies and consider backing up the device.

Recently, travelers now move with iPods, laptops for copying the photos from the cameras. These devices can help in previewing and editing the photographs or the videos on the same spot. It is good to store the cameras and the lenses in a plastic zip lock bags to protect them from dust.

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