African por­traits

The peo­ple of Africa are just as vi­brant and in­ter­est­ing as the an­i­mals, so a sa­fari is a chance to hone your por­trait skills too...

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Blur the back­drop

In the hazy bright light you of­ten get in Africa, try shoot­ing por­trait sub­jects with their back to the sun, as we don’t usu­ally want harsh light over the face. Set your cam­era close to the widest aper­ture set­ting when shoot­ing close-up por­traits like this – we’re at f/2.8 here with a 50mm lens. As long as you fo­cus pre­cisely on the eyes, ev­ery­thing else in the back­ground will be beau­ti­fully blurred so they stand out nicely.

A good guide

Your guide can make for a strik­ing sub­ject – we pho­tographed our guide, Leper­ris, at sun­set us­ing an off-cam­era flash. A good guide is just as im­por­tant as the right kit – they can spot an­i­mals that are mere dots on the hori­zon, and they will also have a good grasp of pho­tog­ra­phy. These guides see pho­tog­ra­phers all the time, and they know what we want – from the right po­si­tion to the best light.

The Maa­sai love to dress in bright colours and dec­o­ra­tive beads

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