July 17, 2020
5 Hacks For Taking Amazing Photos While On An African Safari

Going on a safari is an incredible experience, and one of the best ways to remember everything you saw is to take pictures.

But safari photography is different than snapping a picture with your smartphone. We’ve put together these five tips to help you take the best pictures during your safari.

So let’s get started!

1. Bring the Right Gear and Learn How to Use It

The camera you use can make a big difference in the quality of the pictures you take. Because of this, you shouldn’t just rely on your phone camera. Consider buying an SLR camera that can zoom in and out.

You should also bring along a tripod for support, extra batteries, and extra memory cards. The last thing you want is to run out of memory space.

Since you’ll be driving through a lot of dirt and dust, you should also keep some camera cleaning supplies on hand.

If you bought a new camera for the safari, spend some time getting familiar with all the different settings in advance. You probably won’t end up with good pictures at the end of your trip if you don’t know how to use your camera.

Make sure you go outside with your camera and find the best settings for different lighting, distances, etc.

2. Be Patient

Don’t move on to the next animal after only taking a few pictures. If you come across a heard of Zebras, sit with them for a while. Other animals might show up, or they could start displaying beautiful and interesting behaviour.

The best way to get good photos is to wait and watch. You may have to sit in the same spot for a while to get the best shots.

3. Light and Composition

Before you snap a photo, think about the angles and compositions. Don’t make the mistake of zooming into an animal so close you lose all the background. Include things like trees, water, and other background items in the picture.

This will give your photos more depth and beauty.

Of course, you can take close up shots of the animals as well, but don’t forget to zoom. You don’t want to cut any limbs or trees out of the picture.

Do some experimenting with the light as well. Learn when you should use your flash and when you shouldn’t. If you aren’t sure what lighting and composition makes a good picture, you should spend some time doing a bit of research first.

4. Don’t Be Afraid to Talk to Your Safari Guide

Your safari guide is good at finding different animals, but they might not know what makes a good picture. Don’t be afraid to ask them to drive the vehicle into a slightly different position. This is a once in a lifetime experience, so make sure you communicate with the guide to ensure you get the best shots.

5. Be Patient and Don’t Overlook the Small Stuff

Sometimes the magnificence of animals like lions and elephants can make you overlook the smaller wildlife. But you shouldn’t make this mistake. Some of the most beautiful animals you’ll see on a Safari are small animals you didn’t expect to encounter.

So remember to take your time and snap shots of everything you see, not just the large animals.

Understanding Safari Photography: How to Take the Best Pictures

When it comes to getting the best safari photography, make sure you have a good camera that can take quality pictures. Don’t forget to bring extra camera equipment so you’re prepared for any problems!

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About author

MD and Co-Founder. Born in Zimbabwe, Robin has a long history in Africa, and safaris in general, from running lodges to marketing. He is always on the look out for new ideas and products from around the safari world.

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