Camera Setup Tips for Your Photo Safari

Camera Setup Tips for Your Photo Safari

Technology has completely changed the world of photography. If you want to use a modern camera in a proper way, you need to either read thick booklets with tiring instructions or get advice from experienced photographers.

However, you might not have enough time for either of these when you are going on a safari trip shortly after you have bought your new camera. That is why we have prepared several handy tips for inexperienced photographers with new cameras who want to take beautiful photos on safari.

Best modes for later use

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FreeImages.com/philip jackson

Before you even start taking photos, you need to decide what format you will be using. Most people and programs prefer and support the JPEG format. Also, when it comes to image quality, you should take photos in RAW resolution. That format allows for easier post-shooting editing.

Exposure is Critical

In auto mode you wouldn’t have to worry about exposure, but then again, you would never get the full potential of what the camera can offer you. Exposure is the balance between ISO (how sensitive the sensor is), shutter speed (how long the shutter stays open to record light) and aperture (how wide the shutter opens). This article gives a great plain English description on these critical concepts.

Auto ISO

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While you are still learning about the exposure triangle, it is best to perhaps leave the manual settings alone. Keep the camera on autopilot and let the processor choose the most appropriate aperture and shutter speed. Playing with ISO and learning more about it could take your photo skills to a higher level, but it requires time. Therefore, just stick with the auto settings for starters.

Mind the white balance

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The white balance setting is extremely important if you do not want your safari photos to be all blurred and smudgy. While the human eye is pretty good at recognizing white color in different conditions, digital cameras can get confused and produce some unnatural “white”, stuck between beige and grey. This is why you should set the white balance in accordance with weather conditions and the amount of light. If you want to find out more about white balance and the color spectrum, visit the Cambridge photography website.

Lively colors for animal shots

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Looking at African birds with their colorful feathers is one of the most exciting parts of a safari experience. But if you do not adjust your settings to vivid colors, your photos might be disappointing. Try different options with colors to see which one suits what situation. On the other hand, even if your colors do not turn out realistic enough, you can always add some color to the photos during the post-production stage.

Composition matters

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The easiest way to tell a rookie photograph from an experienced guy behind the camera is the way they compose their photos. When you want to make the best of your safari, photography-wise, you should pay attention to details you include in your photos. For instance, when you want to take some monkey images, you do not want your ape models to be covered by leaves or hidden behind branches. First decide what the motif of your photo will be and ignore everything that is not meant to be there.

Direct sunlight issues

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The sun light dictates so many things in photography. It is a fact that photos taken at dusk and at sunset are usually the most beautiful ones, but also the most demanding ones to shoot, as well. Also, the rule of thumb is that you should never direct your camera towards the sun when it is still high in the sky. Such photos will contain nothing but the sun. However, shooting with the sun by your side – literally – can produce wonderful photos, but you need to master some techniques to make such images.

It is critical to get your exposure just right.

In addition to these tips, it is also important to get to know your camera. Every model is different and you need to understand its features. Do not be afraid to experiment from time to time, but follow our guidelines most of the time to come back home with a stash of beautiful photos of the African wilderness.

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Amy Mia Goldsmith. You can contact her at her Twitter account.

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Amy Mia Goldsmith is a business assistant from the UK and a photography enthusiast.

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