We stopped by the hyena den on this morning’s game drive and were rewarded with two pups and the babysitter.
Your camera support system should be chosen based on what type of safari vehicle you will be in. There are many options at all prices but I prefer a monopod with a nice ball mount head. I also keep a clamp system handy for when I need to lock in place.
African wildlife images often fall into three categories: Animal Portraits, Animals with Environment, and Animal Groups. Applying basic principles of compositions such as Rule of Thirds, leading lines, and negative space makes for optimal photographic compositions.
Use cropping on a mediocre image to hone in on a detail – the best of the image. In a photo there may be a really great detail that can star as its own image with better composition than the original. Challenge yourself to find ways to take a blah photo to a great one.
Photo safaris are geared toward wildlife lovers and photographers of all abilities wanting to add many great photo to their collection. Most of your time will be spent out in the field and you will have long days that start early. Relaxation time, luxury, and a slow pace are not a priority.