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1. An African safari is an incredible opportunity to experience a variety of wildlife in their natural environment. In those moments, in the wild African bush, you would want to savour every moment. There is no better way to do this than by capturing these moments with a camera.
2. The best is to keep your camera at the lowest point on the vehicle. Many modern-day cameras come with a flip/tilt screen. You can use this screen to compose, so flip it out, and keep a visual of your subject whilst dropping your camera lower down onto the side of the vehicle. Lower angles give you a far better and more pleasing image.
3. Understanding your equipment is the first step as you will spend less time trying to figure things out. Spend time looking at the menu or buttons on your camera before going on safari and this will ensure that you don’t lose out on the sighting itself.
4. Try to shoot in RAW mode, so your photos are never in black and white. Rather do this in post-processing. If you shoot in normal jpg, then switch your camera to black and white mode. Or learn to do some creative editing afterwards.
5. Look at the photograph, and you can see what will work for you. You can see on the spot if I want it in colour or monochrome. It is something you will learn over time. Then, maybe shoot in black and white mode in the field (even though it will go back to colour in Lightroom due to the nature of the RAW file). Then process your images afterwards in Lightroom to the desired effect.
There is no easy way around this. If your camera cannot deal well with noise at higher ISOs, then you will not enjoy the experience. If you can keep up and your camera is well equipped, then try and keep your ISO higher (3200 – 6400), and your shutter speed respectable (160 – 400). Another trick would be to try using a spotlight. If it becomes frustrating, put the camera down and enjoy the sighting. It is often when lions and leopards are on their best behaviour.
Very simple. Fast shutter speeds are often achieved by raising your ISO settings.
Technology brings about many changes and we are currently progressing from DSLR to mirrorless. Cameras are becoming better at dealing with different conditions, shooting better quality images, shooting faster, capturing more data, building stronger yet lighter and more. The same goes for lenses. It is truly exciting and opens doors for many more to get better images.