"Capture those iconic African images"
"Capture those iconic African images"
Photographic safaris/workshops are: special safaris lead by photographers – for photographers. The focus is mainly to ensure you, as the guest, have the best possible chances of capturing the photographs you are after. This entails that the whole tour is focused on photography concepts, angles, techniques, lighting and photographic opportunities – more than any other part of the safari. And if you are serious about your photography, then this is exactly what you need to get the most out of your time in Africa. Photographic workshops often include a wide range of daily activities and informal lectures on how to improve your photography.
These are often special tours led by expert photographers whom have a unique style and offer their personal insight and techniques of photography to their guests whilst on safari. These expert photographic tour leaders are often specialists in a certain field such as wildlife, landscape or travel photography and have built up a reputation for their work. We partner with world famous photographers and influencers to bring you some truly unique photographic safaris, only possible through us. Theres no better way to improve your own photographic skills than by learning in Africa’s practical classroom with such an expert mentor at hand! Sharing with you their spur-of-the-moment advise and tips to improve your skills in real practical situations. Often, the tour host is not driving the vehicle, allowing their hands to be free and all their attention to be on the guests at all times whilst a dedicated driver is behind the wheel. They will however use their insight into photography and direct the driver to the best possible position of the vehicle for photographic opportunities. This is enhanced even further if the photo host is an expert on animal behaviour and can predict animal moments so as to ensure the vehicle is positioned at the correct angle before the action happens.
Photographic safaris are perfect for those who are already serious about their photography, but you don’t need to be a professional with the biggest lens to participate. In fact all photography skill levels are welcome, and you would be surprised just how quickly your skills can be transformed and taken to the next level on such a photo safari. The basics of what you need to participate is an inter-changeable lens camera with hopefully a few lenses at hand. If you are wanting to capture wildlife with your photography, then a minimum focal length of 400mm is recommended along with some wider angles for other situations. You could get away with a 70-200mm lens as your maximum, but you might find yourself often frustrated when your subject is at a distance.
As a rough suggestion for a starter kit to bring on a photographic safari aimed at wildlife, we recommend the following:
It’s definitely not needed, but some prefer to bring a monopod or travel tripod on a photo safari. If you intend to do landscape or night-sky photography, a tripod could be a must for you. Many of todays safari vehicles can be equipped with bean bags for photographers on request and these offer great flexibility for stabilisation. Some vehicles are also specifically designed and modified with photographers comfort in mind. See our vehicle the BEAST as a great example.
For those serious wildlife photographers, some gear suggestions (buy or rent for your safari – we can organise rental gear):
One important factor for photographic safaris is: that they should ideally be small-group and exclusive allowing for more one-on-one time with the expert leading the tour. You also need more space and a window seat from which to manage all your gear and to reposition your body for the angle required to capture the shot. A good group size for starters is around 6 guests per 1 photo host and vehicle. Going smaller group, say 2 or 4 per host is even better although often very pricey. With the ultimate being 1 on 1 tuition from an expert – which can get very expensive, but for some, this is the only way to travel. You get what you pay for in this regard of exclusivity and personal mentorship.
Choosing which photographer to go on a safari with can be a tough decision. Many like to travel with well-known photographers who’s work they admire and would like to learn from. Whilst others (often more experienced photographers) aren’t as fussed who they travel with, so long as that person can guarantee them a photographic experience. A good example of this would be travelling with a host who’s both the photography workshop leader and the driver guide positioning the vehicle. They know that this individual will be able to position them in the ideal location and situations for them to get the photographs they are after. These photographic guides don’t necessarily need to be world famous or award winning photographers to ensure a fantastic experience and they can often be requested or included as part of a broader itinerary. Some lodges even get in house photographic training for their safari guides which allows for them to better facilitate photographers. If you would like to have a custom photographic safari designed just for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch- it’s what we do!
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