Today I want to share a few personal yet practical tips I adhere to when going on a photo safari.
1. The best photographs start before going on safari
- I always do quite a bit of reading and scanning the internet for the best spots and times for visiting my destination. This also includes the kind of equipment to take and travelling off the beaten track.
2. Charged, packed and backed up
- Backups, backups, backups...My camera/flash batteries are always 100% charged and my memory cards downloaded with a backup, in other words formatted and ready for anything. I always carry at least four 32 gig 90mb/sec with me. One never knows what can happen. A second camera body is crucial, not only if one body fails for some reason, but to have two different lens options is a quick way to switch in a jiffy.
3. Have patience
- For wildlife photography, this is one thing I have learned early...to have more patience than you would ever think...that's if you want the great shots. Having patience is very important, it gives you ample time to think about your current situation and have your camera settings correct as you progress.
4. Think outside of the box
- If you ever come in a situation where you might think you have no proper shot, think laterally and enlarge your creativity. Be an artist in the field.
5. Backgrounds and Angles
- A friend of mine from Zimanga game reserve in South Africa, hammered on two important points: background and angles. The more I thought about this, the more I cemented in my memory. Without a good background, a brilliant scene can disappear between a clutter and a busy backdrop. And to shoot a once in a lifetime shot from a bad angle can drown the image in an ocean of lameness.
6. Inject emotion
- To do this you need to use you light well. Either shoot into the sun and maybe get some moody silhouettes, or use the dust around the animals to create an tangible atmosphere.
7. Mark to go back
- In post processing using Adobe Lightroom 5, I always flag images with potential; only to return to them a few times, getting new ideas on processing before exporting.
Hope this helped you guys to add some value to your next trip.
Have a great day!