Going on a safari is an incredible experience and one of the best ways to remember everything you see is to take photos. However, safari photography is very different to snapping a picture with your smartphone so we’ve put together these five tips to help you take the very best pictures during your safari.
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1. Bring the Right Gear and Learn How to Use It
The camera you use can make a big difference in the quality of pictures you take. As such, you shouldn’t just rely on your phone camera if you want really great quality photographs as well as more scope to take a variety of shots. Consider buying an SLR camera that can zoom in and out.
You should also bring along a tripod for support, spare batteries and extra memory cards – the last thing you want is to run out of memory space! Since you’ll be driving through dirt and dust, it’s vital to have a camera bag which is waterproof and dust proof and keep some camera cleaning supplies on hand.
If you buy a new camera for your safari, spend some time getting familiar with all the different settings in advance. Make sure you go outside with your camera and find the best settings for different lighting, distances, etc. This will help hugely in ensuring you understand how to use it and consequently take the best photos possible.
2. Be Patient
Don’t be hasty and move on to the next animal after only taking a few pictures. You never know what might happen! 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.
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, other animals or birds as background items in the picture, which 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, spend some time doing a bit of research first.
4. Ask Your Safari Guide
Your safari guide is an expert at finding different animals, but they might not know the composition of a good image. 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. On the other hand, your safari guide might have lots of experience in taking photos themselves and can give you good advice on what makes a brilliant picture!
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. Don’t male this mistake – some of the most beautiful and fascinating animals you’ll see on safari are small animals and birds 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 the best safari photography, make sure you have a good camera that can take quality pictures and learn how to use it in advance. Look around you all the time and wait patiently for interesting things to happen. And don’t forget to bring extra camera equipment so you’re prepared for any problems!
Have the camera but don’t know where to go? Make sure you take a look at our worldwide safari tours for inspiration.
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