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...
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