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Safari photography tips


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Going on a Safari in Africa is an awe-inspiring experience and one that you will only truly understand once you have experienced it for yourself. With so much to see and take in, you will definitely want to take as many pictures as possible so that you can relive your memories of the African bush when you return home. When taking pictures in the bush you should always keep in a mind a few fundamental tips.

01 Understand lighting

Always take the light into consideration: Before you snap away, check which direction the light is coming from and how this affects the quality of your shot. By adjusting your position, even slightly, you can change the entire look and feel of a picture.

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02 Try different angles

Experiment with angles: Mix things up a bit by trying a wider or closer angle and see which one captures the mood of the scene the best

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03 Lightroom or photoshop your images

The truth is, the majority of the images that you see online today have been enhanced through editing on software like Lightroom or Photoshop. There are specific elements that were beautiful to the eye but due to the lighting or your shutter speed, they don't just pop the same way. Use these tools to enhance the brightness on things like the eyes of a lion or increase the saturation to make the sunset really full of colour. This can make the world of difference to your images.

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"The truth is, the majority of the images that you see online today have been enhanced through editing."

04 Be patient

This may seem like an obvious thing to say, but having patience when taking pictures of wildlife really does pay off. Take a few minutes or maybe even an hour, to sit somewhere quietly with your camera ready and you may be surprised what crosses your path

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05 Have fun

Lastly and most importantly, enjoy your time in Africa! Make sure you make the most of your time and don't allow the photography to take control of your trip. You're here to experience Africa first and capture it second. If you open your senses to everything around you, you will leave changed for the better!

Chat to one of our Adventurists to start planning your photography safari.

"You're here to experience Africa first and capture it second."

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Joey Cameron
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Joseph Cameron

NYC based, South African transplant, Joey Cameron, is a freelance writer, travel-nerd, natural food enthusiast, personal trainer and brand owner. Characterised by an insatiable hunger for passport stamps and a somewhat strange (non)sense of humour, he can found regularly scanning the skies for ways to up, up and getaway.


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