Whether it’s with a tiny lens on your phone or the fanciest, most expensive equipment around – we’ve all captured a magical moment on camera. In my books, that makes you a photographer. But my question to you is… do you want to be a better one?
So many times I overhear guests saying that they wish they could take better pictures. And let’s be honest, most of us are using our cameras with the bare minimum of knowledge, just pointing and shooting – hoping for something worth sharing! Which is exactly why I’ve decided to make it my mission to teach you a few tricks of the photographic trade with helpful hints and tips on capturing the perfect Safari moment.
So let’s get started with the very basics.
There are so many products out there that offer top of the range quality, but a lot of them come at a top cost too. Which is fine, if you know what you’re buying. Be sure to spend some time doing research online and in the camera stores, chat to professionals, read photography blogs and rent equipment. Yes, you read right… rent! There are actually a lot of places that rent out camera gear which is great if you’re just starting out and want to discover which brand or model or size is right for you.
Once you’ve decided on your camera equipment, make sure you get a nice bag to keep it all well protected from the dust, bumps and weather while out on game drives. Keep a spare memory card in the bag. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can snap up hundreds of photos, and you don’t want to have to sit and delete pictures the moment Nambiti Hills Phantom Leopard pops his head around a rock.
A helpful tip that I’ve learnt from constantly being out in the open – I always carry a soft pen brush in my camera bag to clean my lenses and avoid any unsightly dust spots from appearing on my images.
Lastly, service your camera every few months if you’re shooting a lot. Just as you would with your car, you need to look after your camera equipment, and it will last.
There’s so much to talk about when it comes to photography, and I’m really passionate about trying to get a better shot each time I’m out there. So I can’t wait to share all the things I’ve learnt with you here on the blog.
So keep snapping those magical moments, and send them our way. Who knows, next time, it might be your share-worthy pictures being featured here on the blog.
Pics featured in this blog were taken with a Canon 100 – 400mm f45./5.6 which offers such a great range, and the results really make you feel like you’re up close and personal with your subject.