taking close-up pictures with a tele-photo lens set
the aperture at f8 and focus on the animal's eyes.This
guarantees that most of the animals face will be in
prepared and ready with your camera at all times, animals
suddenly appear and may only give you a glimpse. A general
setting is recommended at f8, servo mode with aperture
your subject. For example, when taking photos of an
elephant, take a portrait shot, include one more with
the general habitat in context to the subject, then
another with close-up detail, such as horns and face.
low contrast film when the sun is intense and high contrast
film when it's overcast or dull.
Take different pictures in vertical and horizontal approaches.
the subject is in motion, use a shutter speed of at
least 1/125, except if you are using a panning method.
Birds in flight necessitate speeds of 1/500 or more.
the best opportunity. Don’t feel pressured to
take a photo at the first chance. If you have the time,
take background and foreground interruptions into consideration
that may distort your image.
good starting point for wildlife photography is a lens
with a 300mm in focal length. Bird photography will
require a 500mm lens.
not centre all your shots, leave room in your subject
for the animal to move into. This will prevent lifeless
composition and give an imitate portrayal of your
photographs from different levels when you are on
a game viewing activity. Pictures taken at the animal's
eye-level will appear more sensational.
your prime reason for going on safari is to take
photos, do not go on a regular safari. You will
find yourself sharing your vehicle with up to 6
guests. So do not expect to stay at any sighting
long enough to take any behavioral shots. Fellow
guests will not be interested in the magic light.
In short, expect to be frustrated unless you find
other photographers to share your vehicle or you
book a private game drive at an additional cost.