Capt ure the wildlife
Discover what to expect on safari and learn how to give your wildlife photos the edge…
Most photography occurs from within vehicles, as it’s forbidden to get out. In eastern Africa – Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda – the vehicle is likely to be an open-sided Land Rover or minibus. In southern Africa – Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa – an open-topped jeep is more common.
Finding the light
When sunlight is strong the contrast increases, so your position in relation to it becomes ever more important. Look at the difference here. It’s the same row of elephants, captured moments apart, but in the top image the sun is at our back, in the bottom we’re shooting towards it. It’s the difference between a stark silhouette and a detail-rich subject.
Shooting into the sun from the opposite side results in a more expressionistic image with silhouetted shapes
With the sun to our back, the light falls across the elephants revealing the detail and texture in their graceful figures