6 Essential Photography Tips for Your African Safari

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I first set foot in Africa in 1999, and have since been back over 20 times. My wildlife photography has taken me all around the continent, but my favourite bush haunts include Kenya’s Maasai Mara, Mana Pools in Zimbabwe and South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.

For many, going on an African safari is the ambition of a lifetime. Safaris make for an exciting opportunity to see some incredible wildlife and once in a lifetime sights! So make sure you bring your camera to capture show stopping images and document your trip!

And here are 6 tips gleaned from my experience in photographing animals on safari:

1. What to Pack in Your Camera Bag

The Camera

A dSLR (digital Single Lense Reflex) is usually the best camera to bring, but any modern digital camera is capable of taking excellent photos of wildlife and you do not need to buy the most expensive camera in order to take good pictures of your safari. Getting good pictures is far more about thinking carefully about composition and using some of the techniques outlined below, than spending a small fortune on the latest top of the range camera.

The Lenses

If you have interchangeable lenses then this means you can optimise your shots depending on your subject matter.
I usually recommend lenses in the range of 200-400mm for wildlife photography while those wishing to take close ups (eg of insects), landscapes or shots of animals in their environment should if possible also bring wide angle lenses in the range of 24-100mm.

Don’t Forget!

Remember to pack your charger, a spare battery and extra memory cards; you’ll be surprised how many pictures you may end up taking.

It’s also helpful to bring zip lock bags to protect your equipment from dust.

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