I am a keen amateur photographer capable of taking good pictures. Over the years have learnt my skills from many a good amateur and professional photographer. I have tried to summarise my knowledge by offering practical advice without making it all too complicated. Please remember that this is written as a result of my experiences with safari photography over many years in the bush and may differ from the text books! I have written this in some detail to provide you with a reasonable insight to what is a very enjoyable hobby. I have tried to give sufficient information so that you can come prepared but at the same time ensuring I don’t over-burden you with too much theory – after all it can get rather overwhelming. Photography is fun and once you master the basics, I am certain your pictures will improve and so will your enjoyment.
Until recently, we all used film, but no longer. And I can’t remember the last client who came out on safari with film. Now everyone has a digital camera – from the very good ‘happy snapper’ to the very best professional camera. The ‘happy snapper’ cameras are so good these days that you don’t have to be an expert to get good results. In fact, they often get the shots others miss, so whatever your choice, you can get the shots and enjoy your picture taking immensely. I believe those using video actually get the best of all worlds. They capture the spirit and atmosphere of the safari and with the video camera’s superb magnification and low light capabilities. They can shoot when others can’t – video is a great way to record your safari. I see many couples, one of whom shoots video and the other stills and therefore and get the best of both worlds. I always say to everyone to take as many shots as possible to get results, the number of really good shots will be a low percentage of your take and therefore your success rate will increase in proportion. I have many digital photographers who take over 700 pictures a day, but they do need the extra kit to store the images.