Our May 2022 Small Group Safari in South Africa was full of wildlife and wonderful photographic opportunities and settings. We photographed in Kruger Park, Sabi Sands Reserve, and at a special private wildlife hide at water level to a watering hole
I have added an exclusive 2 night stay at a house with an underground water level photography bunker / hide for our exclusive use. After magic days in Kruger and Sabi Sands we will relax and photography all day and night in the hide.
The Kudu, Nyala, and Waterbuck are antelope both found in South Africa. They have similarities, especially in the females, but once you know the differentiating features, you can quickly tell them apart. Here are some images to help you learn each species.
When I prepare to lead a safari group, I pack my safari photography kit with the minimal amount of equipment. With so much time spent on safari, I am able to assemble a refined collection of equipment that provides the coverage range for my most likely subjects.
Elephants are frequently our photo subjects while on safari. Their size, shape, intelligence, and trunk are just a few things that make them great subjects and very interesting. There are many opportunities for unique, beautiful, and descriptive images of elephants.
Adobe has released a new version of Lightroom CC which contains a new adjustment tool: The DeHaze slider. It is found in the FX menu of the Development module (way down toward the bottom of the list). I see how it works on a safari photo
A South Africa photo safari will be full of opportunities to photograph animals at close distances. These images have all the details and interesting poses found in modern (human) portraits. You can apply current portrait processing techniques to your wildlife portraits.
Adding contrast to an image is a great way to boost the impact of the image, especially African images shot in full sun and those where the animal is camouflaged.
Digital photography and its post processing tools offer so many creative possibilities for making a final presentation of our RAW files. Here I demonstrate the same photo presented 3 different ways mostly using Adobe Lightroom / Camera Raw and a little bit of Photoshop.
South Africa has two species of rhino: the White Rhino which is the largest population and most commonly seen and the Black Rhino which is not as numerous and harder to spot. The two species are distinct and here are a few of the differences most important to photographers.