Booking a Photo Safari to Africa is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people, the stuff of dreams. With the opportunity of seeing so many wondrous and breathtaking sights, you can expect to get hundreds of holiday snaps to show off to the folks back home.
If you want more from your trip to South Africa, if you’re looking to take spectacular wildlife photography of the highest quality, regardless of your skills with a camera, you should consider a dedicated African photo safari. The whole trip is focused on getting photographers of all skill levels to the right place at the right time. With a guide experienced in tracking and a professional wildlife photographer, you can expect to draw from their expertise and skills, and return home with spectacular images of your time in Africa.
1. At the Heart of a Photographic Safari is Opportunity
Most regular safaris are based on packing as many sights into each trip as possible. Large groups of tourists that might urge the driver to move onto the next animal once they’ve taken some pictures.
Photographic safaris are much more relaxed affairs, their only mission is to provide you with excellent photographic opportunities. Your guides will draw on all of their experiences to get you to the best places, at the best times of day to capture the finest images.
They will track animals to where they congregate throughout the day when the sun is perfectly placed in the sky to create the perfect lighting.
Once they get you there, they are quite happy to stay, to watch the animal’s behaviours change, and to move around to find better angles and lighting for your shots.
• Smaller groups on each tour create loads of space for camera equipment and for people to move around in the vehicle. The best photograph might not always be available from your seat, you may need to switch sides quickly, stand up, or generally move around.
• You won’t have to wait your turn, there is fewer people to block your shot.
• Everyone has the same ambition, great pictures, there will be no urgency to dash off. Each member of the group will be will to wait to get that perfect picture.
2. Professional Photographer Onboard
Each safari comes fully-equipped with its very own professional wildlife photographer.
That’s right, an expert wildlife photographer with a wealth of knowledge is just begging to be used, sat right alongside you. They will have intimate knowledge of wildlife species on a variety of animals.
From equipment advice to technical camera use
, composition, and post-production issues, your pro’ photographer will be on hand. They have copious amounts of experience of taking the shots that you desire and love nothing more than assisting others to achieve the same standard of incredible photos.
3. Not Just for Advanced Photographers
Whether you’re new to photography, have intermediate skills, or are an advanced photographer, there is a Photo Safari to Africa that suits all and everyone will learn new and exciting techniques.
As each outing is personalized and tailor-made, the competency levels of everyone will be met. This is easily achieved by having reduced group sizes and an amazing photographer on every tour. Some operators provide photo safaris to Africa for beginners, families, and sometimes children.
Nothing is daunting, on a photographic safari you will spend hours with new people, friendly Safari Guides. We happily find that people fast become friends who enjoy swapping and sharing photography advice and tips about their photo safari experiences.
4. Learn as you Go
Remember back to your school days, wasn’t practical learning always much easier to remember and loads more fun than reading and writing?
The same applies to photography. Spending time with your camera out on the African plains is the best ‘on the job’ learning imaginable.
Learning how to rely on auto-focus as a herd of elephants saunters towards you is definitely going to be memorable. Imagine choosing the composition of a pride of lions, being provided with the perfect natural lighting to capture sleeping cheetahs in the shade of a tree, or helped to find the best angle for shooting flamingo and buffalo in one of the National Parks. Those are truly lessons that you will never forget.
A photo safari to Africa is the most amazing setting to hone and fine-tune your camera skills. You can learn fundamental skills such as exposure, focus, and composition, right through to learning all the technical complexities and capabilities of your equipment.
These are techniques and skills that you will fondly remember and use forever, even basic methods that teach you to get to grips with your camera.
5. A photo safari to Africa = Friendships
You might be amazed to learn just how many people start a photo safari to Africa as fellow photographers, and leave as friends.
Spending time together on an exclusive safari experience viewing a spectacular African sunset, watching lion cubs playing can cement a friendship, particularly when someone hands you an ice-cold beer from the icebox!
The enthusiasm and creativity of like-minded folk are infectious and encourages everyone to try different styles and methods. Not everyone would approach a subject in the same manner; when people of various competencies share ideas and tips, powerful shots are often the result. Add a dedicated professional wildlife photographer
to the mix and the combination can be mind-blowing.
Sometimes no matter how much you look at the subject matter you just can’t seem to get the shot it deserves.
With an experienced tour guide and photographer on board, creative know-how and insight will be plentiful.
They will teach you field craft – how to work ethically and safely with the animal to achieve the greatest results. Then draw on their copious amount of knowledge and experience for the inspiration for the best angle, lighting, and composition.
Sometimes you can rely on fellow passengers for help, if you like a shot they’ve captured, have a go at replicating it. After all, the abundance of wildlife isn’t going anywhere, they’re often lazing about in the heat just posing for you!
The bonus reason to go on a photo safari to Africa can only be… number 7. Why wouldn’t you?
What better way to preserve breathtaking memories of unique wildlife photography
in untouched and varied landscapes than by honouring it with awesome images from Kruger National Park or the Ngorongoro Crater.
Along the way, you may learn new skills, hone your craft, and make lots of new friends.
We just hope drinking a beer in your back yard isn’t ruined for life, as it will never quite match up to having a sun downer beneath the spectacular sun setting over the African Savannah.