Most people have dreamed about going on a safari trip to Africa. Gorgeous sunsets, exotic plants and an extraordinary wildlife are just a few of the things you may look forward to. As this is very costly and time consuming, it is likely to be a once in a life time experience and thus important to keep in memory. Not only will you want to share your adventures with your friends back home, but you will want to have a clear recollection of your adventure years from now when memories fade. Thus it is absolutely essential that you take pictures on your trip. Below are some recommendations on taking great pictures on your safari:
Acquire details about the place that you are going
It is very important for you to know just what to expect from the place that you are visiting. You can easily acquire details either from your travel agent or just carry out a bit of research on the internet. This is because there are certain parts of Africa where you would just be driving around for hours and then there are those that go straight into the lion’s den. So, it is best for you to know where you are heading.
Prepare yourself and your equipment
When you buy a new camera for your African safari journey, make sure that you know all about it. Every setting should be understood, so that you can make it click when it needs to. Carry out many test shots before heading out to your perfect African trip. That way you will not have to test buttons during your safari and perhaps even miss what could have been precious pictures.
Start snapping pictures of wild animals
All of the above mentioned recommendations are very easy to follow as compared to your next challenge. Taking pictures of animals … Why is this considered the tricky part? An animal is not some celebrity on the red carpet, that will keep its pose until you get your ideal picture. It’s always moving and thus requires your fullest attention and concentration throughout the observation, as you have to be ready to act when the rare opportunity for a great picture arises. Nothing feels worse and the knowledge that you just let an opportunity for a great picture slip away due to a lack of attentiveness.
What to add in the photo
Now, you can start snapping shots of the landscape. Try to add some details, a lake, or some nice trees or something similar. Bear in mind that lighting is best in the late evening or in the early morning. Lighting can greatly increase the quality of a picture and even make it look lively, or completely ruin it.
And lastly, be patient! You are likely not to succeed in taking a great picture the first time around. Often you will want to capture each setting multiple times from a variety of angles. And again … get a large enough memory stick, i.e. many memory sticks for your camera. Nothing feel worse than having to pass on taking a great picture because your memory is full or having to choose which recent picture you took to delete, in order to capture your present view. Remember that the animals you are photographing might not tolerate your presence and thus it is best to get a camera with great zooming capabilities.