There is nothing quite like taking that perfect shot and capturing a moment on safari that you will never forget. So take a moment or two to read our tips below, and ensure your photography gear is ready to capture the amazing action that you’ll see!
- Do research
A crucial part of safari photography is doing enough research before you leave for your trip so you know what to expect. Do research on the places that you will be visiting so that you know what the special things are to look out for, such as animals that can only be seen in certain areas or at certain times of the day – remember that different wildlife situations give different viewing opportunities. Also make sure you know enough about the photographic policies, such as where you are allowed to use a flash. The best advice usually comes from people that have been there before – so have a look at previous photos taken there and read some reviews.
Always make sure you have back up batteries, so that you don’t run the risk of your camera dying just before taking the perfect shot. Keep at least one extra fully charged battery with you and invest in a car charger (and an inverter) if you’re planning to go on full day outings, so you can ask your guide to charge your camera in the vehicle while you drive.
Everyone that has done safari photography, or any photography for that matter, will tell you this: you will almost never have enough space. Therefore, bring as many memory cards as you can. Because memory cards are so much cheaper now than they used to be, it’s worth buying a few extra ones to ensure you have more than enough space. More than half of the photos that you’ll take back home will likely not be used because you were attempting to catch the lion’s kill – but it’s worth taking a hundred pictures to get that one perfect shot. It’s also a good idea to take a hard drive, laptop or tablet with you to backup your photos on another device every once in a while. Better safe than sorry J
- Long lens
Even though it is a bit inconvenient carrying and travelling with a long lens, the advantages that you’ll get will be worth it. Firstly, it will allow you to get the animal in a position where it is not reacting to you taking a picture – referred to as the “candid shots”. Secondly, a long lens allows you to take pictures of smaller mammals and birds – which often have just as much colour and life, and easily get ignored when there are so many other beautiful animals.
If you’re going to use a longer lens, also remember to bring along a beanbag to support your lens – it gets painful to hold your camera still if you are waiting for the animal to do something. Tip: empty the beanbag when travelling and fill it up with beans or rice once you arrive to make your travel load lighter.
- Put the camera down
Last but not least, we tend to get so excited and intrigued with taking pictures of everything and everyone we see, that we forget the most important part of any holiday – experiencing it with friends and family and really appreciating the magic of an African safari. Getting out from behind the camera every once in a while might also give you some inspiration and ideas for taking photos from different angles. Put the camera down and make sure you have enough great stories to accompany your stunning photos!
Our Luxury Safaris tours will offer you great opportunities to capture beautiful nature and wildlife scenes. So book a holiday with us today, and remember to tag Luxury Safaris in your photos on social media, with the hashtag #SeenOnSafari.