Capt ure the wildlife

Dis­cover what to ex­pect on sa­fari and learn how to give your wildlife photos the edge…

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Game drives

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

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