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Safari photography tips, locations, cameras and lenses

Few holidays create an opportunity for stunning photographs and unforgettable memories quite like a safari trip. From awe-inspiring sunrises to jaw dropping sunsets, not to mention all the animals and landscapes you’ll see in between, a safari trip to Kenya is sure to be a holiday that will live long in the memory.


Safari Photography Tips


Kenya is the king of safari holidays for two main reasons – the animals and the location. Home to all of Africa’s Big Five (lion, buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard) and a number of stunning natural environments such as the Masai Mara, Kenya has everything needed for the ultimate safari expedition.


Taking advantage of personalised Kenya holidays is the perfect way to ensure your adventure into the wild is everything you want it to be. Such a remarkable and breathtaking natural environment deserves to be captured in the best way possible. With that in mind, here are some essential tips and tricks to follow when capturing your safari images.


The first step is to always have a back up. Imagine, for a moment, the horror should your camera break on the first day. Missing the opportunity to document your adventure is sure to put a real dampener on the whole occasion.


A good range of high quality lenses, rather than cheap imitations, are also essential. Your lenses should range from 14mm to at least 400mm. Using just one lense that covers that range is sure to diminish the quality of the final result so make sure you have a number to hand to suit all eventualities.


Wide angle lenses are also a must to capture the majestic landscapes, as is a high shutter speed to ensure your lion and rhino shots or otherwise don’t come out blurry. As a general rule of thumb, your shutter speed should be at least double the length of your lense. In other words, if you’re using a 400mm lense, your shutter should be moving at a speed of at least 1/800th of a second.


Whilst we’re on the subject of speed, it’s also vitally important that your camera is able to shoot a number of frames within a second. Animal movements, particularly that of creatures like leopards and cheetahs, are explosive, dramatic and extremely fast. In order to capture the action effectively, you also need to have your camera switched to continuous focus mode as this enables the camera to constantly refocus to where the magic is.


Of course, practice makes perfect so be sure to familiarise yourself with your camera and all it’s intricacies before you head to Kenya. The last thing you want is to be fiddling with complex equipment whilst everyone else is watching a lion appear right in front of you or a dusk meeting at the watering hole.


One of the best ways to practice at home is to go out photographing birds. This will help emphasise the importance of continuous focus and hone your action-capturing skills.


However, the main ingredient to a successful Kenya safari is fun. Don’t stress about cameras; just enjoy an unforgettable experience.   

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