Helpful Tools for Safari Photography

January 22, 2015 by wilsonneelynyc

An African Safari presents a unique opportunity to observe countless exotic animals in their natural habitats. When planning to photograph a tour of the African savanna, considering a few simple tips can help you preserve the exciting experience for years to come.

It is important to make sure that you have sufficient memory, especially when using a high-speed camera. Photographers should opt to bring multiple memory cards in case one should become lost or stop working, and should consider using memory card wallets to avoid dust, dirt, and wear. It is also important to back up this valuable data, either on a laptop or portable hard drive, as well as to ensure that you have at least one backup camera battery on hand.

A long lens is also helpful in capturing close-up photographs of animals at varying distances. Lenses from 200mm to 400mm are generally sufficient for casual wildlife photographers, though more serious photographers might consider renting a longer lens from an online supply store. Safari-goers should also bring a wide or medium lens, such as a 24-105, to capture panoramic views of the African landscape and portraits of friends, family members, and fellow travelers encountered along the way.

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