Although, taking a safari is purely a private affair, taking photographs for a safari is not since you will be sharing these photos with other people. Therefore, you need to yield great photo quality with a Wow-Effect on the audience you will engage. This article provides 10 Tips for Kenya Safari Photography.
Research your destination beforehand to familiarize yourself with the landscape and the variety of wild animals to expect. By so doing, you will be emotionally prepared and anticipating fun moments taking photos of animals and landscape you are eager to see and book into your memory album.
Pack several memory cards so that you have enough room for both high-quality photos as well as the awful lot of photos that you are definitely going to discard. Do no limit yourself to a 5GB memory card. Memory cards are cheap and even getting cheaper. It is good to have proper organization since you need backups for your photo shoot and this what these cards are meant for.
The light source of the object you aim to capture is very crucial for you to realize sharp images. In most cases, it is just the natural light you have since you cannot get close enough to wild animals for your cameras’ flash light to be effective. Stand in a position that reveals the lit side of the subject object for clear and detailed images.
It might sound obvious, but you will not score good photographs without getting as close to the animal, but within safety limits. In an African Safari, you might not get quite close, but you can improvise by using long lenses to modify your camera since most animals do not come close to safari vehicles.
It is natural for humans to look at pictures by identifying with the eyes of the photographed subjects, especially wild animals. For this reason, you need to take your photo shoot with your focus on the eyes of the animal. It also natural for you to be drawn to the eyes of the animal, and it is quite possible to establish eye contact and capture a perfect shot.
Modern technology has brought us convenient back up devices. You ought to bring one or two portable storage devices, which can be turned on and execute instant back up of data to cloud storage platforms without needing a computer or any other connectivity.
It is important to consider that you are going on a safari and you need proper transportation to be able to shoot photos. A self-drive cannot be a good fit for photo shoots. Therefore, you need a tailor made trip with a personal driver or a flying round trip, otherwise you will be unsuccessful in your attempts to take quality photos during your safari.
Long lenses, as aforementioned herein are crucial to capture quality photos of distant animals in the wild. Depending on the make of your camera, you should bring a couple of exchange lenses to realize high quality photography for your safari.
Stability is of great significance when shooting photos in every situation and the safari is no exception whatsoever. It is advisable to carry a tripod on which to hook your camera when you stop to focus and take photos. Otherwise, you will end up with blurry and unfocused images due lack of stability.
Just like in other areas of life, patience comes in handy when taking photos during a safari. You have to wait for the right moment when the wild animals are quite visible and in a position that displays both the mood and the physical attributes of the animal.
Armed with these tips you can now whip out your safari boots and prepare for an amazing safari in Kenya