So you’ll soon be going on your very own safari and you really want to take some top notch images but where do you start?
This week I have decided to put together a list of not only what I keep in my photography bag but also what I recommend you bring with in order to make the most out of your photographic safari.
We so often have guests from around the world that bought a camera specifically for their safari and so this article is here to help you make informed decisions on what you need to maximize your time spent in the bush as far as photography is concerned.
First and foremost, you need a camera obviously, but let me start this off by saying the best camera is the one you have with you. Whether it be a smartphone in your pocket, a point shoot or a fully fledged DSLR with all the bells and whistles, all that matters is that you get the image! However, I will use this platform to give you a couple of recommendations as far as wildlife and nature photography is concerned.
Photography is sadly a very expensive hobby and we don’t all have the means to get the best gear possible all the time. However, when looking for the perfect camera for you (with the outdoors in mind) please consider the below points.
A last note concerning cameras, particularly for DSLR or mirrorless systems is that of full frame versus APS-C (crop frame) cameras. Crop Frame cameras are generally smaller and lighter and as an added benefit allow one to zoom in closer, to the tune of between x1.3 and x2.0. This allows you to get closer to the action. However, full frame cameras will generally have better low light performance as well as better image quality.
At the end of the day the most important thing you can do for your photography is to invest in good lenses or glass. Pairing a great camera body with a terrible lens is far worse than pairing a mediocre camera body with a great lens. With this in mind my recommendations for capturing wildlife and nature in general would be:
Now that you have a good idea of what to look at as far as cameras and lenses go let’s take a look at some of the extras that come highly recommended. After all you wouldn’t want to be in a situation where you have a stunning leopard in a tree on a kill at golden hour and suddenly you realise your battery is dead!
Below is a list of extras that I carry in my camera bag at all times:
Until next time, happy snapping!