Wildlife Photography for Beginners

February 28, 2017

“Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.”
– Unknown

Recently, the African travel industry has seen a huge surge of interest in wildlife and nature photography. In fact, it has become so popular that many travelers request specialized itineraries that focus on photography. After all, everybody wants to capture that iconic photograph to take back home! While DSLR cameras have become far more user-friendly than ever before, and seem to do most of the hard work for you, there are still a few tricks involved when attempting to photograph wildlife.

Here are a few tips and tricks that we’ve learned over the years to help you out:

Patience is the most important factor! Whether you’re waiting for the right time of day so that the light is perfect, or waiting for the wildlife to show up, or waiting of the opportune moment to press the shutter; wildlife photography involves a lot of waiting and a lot of patience. It’s not a process that can be rushed.


Practice makes perfect, and it’s no different when it comes to photographing animals. The more time you spend photographing wildlife, the better you’ll get at composing the shots, and capturing the essence of the animal.


When photographing wildlife, it’s very important to be considerate of the animals and other travelers that might be at the same sighting. Always keep a safe and respectable distance from the animals and do not in any way interfere with them to get a better shot. The use of drones is very controversial so it’s always best to check the park rules or get prior permission before flying a drone around wildlife.


Of course, while a good photo is not all about the equipment, having a good quality camera certainly doesn’t hurt. One of the most important things you’ll need for wildlife photography is a zoom lens with a focal point of 200-300mm. This will help when photographing animals that are a little further from the game vehicle, and even birds. Once you’re all kitted out, you’re ready to go! Keeping in mind the above three points on patience, practice and politeness, you’re on track to getting to that perfect wildlife photograph.

To start planning your personalized safari itinerary, get in touch with us.



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