Whether you are a very keen photographer or just like taking snap shots of animals, there are a few tips that we can offer to help you get some wonderful photos.
First off let me say that I wouldn't dream of advising on the technical aspects of camera use. We get a lot of very good photographers on safari whose technical skills far outweigh mine.
But, there are a few things you can do, that fall under the title field craft.
1) If possible mute any beeps or noises that your camera is programmed to play. There is usually a menu function to do this.
2) Be prepared. As we approach an animal sighting get your camera ready. We'll often spot an animal at distance on game drive and drive slowly towards it. This gives you time to set up your camera and hold it up at chest level as we approach. Then when we stop you can smoothly and without fuss or undue movement or shuffling around bring your camera up to your eye and click. It is in those few seconds when the animal will tend to be looking at the vehicle, that the best shots will often be achieved. This is even more so with bird photography, where the words I hear most are "there it goes" as the bird flies off and away from folks who were shuffling around changing lenses or whatever after we stopped.
3) Use the light. Morning and evening game drives enable fantastic natural lighting when the sun is low in the sky yet still strong. That 'flat light' provides a wonderful illumination for wildlife photography.
4) Don't just fill up your camera memory, but your own as well. Once you have some photos, put the camera down for a while and just enjoy watching the scene before you. It's those memories that will stay with you.
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Written by Will Fox