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Virtual Photo Safari Part IV: Chase the Light



Each day this week I will take you on a daily virtual photo safari to wonderful, beautiful and awe-inspiring Kenya's Masai Mara. Each post will feature a travel tip and a photo tip - or two. 

I took the images for the posts on a recent trek to the Masia Mara organized by &Beyond, a leader in African travel tours. Bateleur was our base camp for the eight-day photo safari. 

Scroll down to see previous Photo Safari posts.

Safari Tip: Chase the light. You must get up early and stay out late to chase - and catch - the light. During the day, when most of the animals are relatively inactive, you can download your images and take a snooze. After dinner, go for a night game drive. You may not get great pictures, but you will have a lot of fun!

Photo Tips: Tell the whole story by taking landscape photographs, too. Use a polarizing filter to enhance the sky, making the sky darker and the clouds whiter . . . if the sun is off to your side. Get max depth of field by using a wide-ange lens, small aperture and set your focus 1/3 into the scene. Crop your pictures for impact.

Don't be afraid to boost your ISO. Worry more about content in a frame than the noise - which can be reduced in Lightroom and Photoshop.


Both of the pictures for this image were taken with my Canon 7D and Canon 100-400mm IS lens. To see all my gear, click here.

If you'd like to join one of my travel tours/workshops, see the Workshops page of my site.


If you'd like to get on the list for my 2012 Tanzania photo safari, shoot me an email.

For more photography tips, check out my app: Rick Sammon's 24/7 Photo Buffet.

Explore the light,
Rick

P.S. Have fun with Photoshop - which I used to make this image. Remember: make pictures, don't just take pictures.

Virtual Photo Safari Part II: Planning is Key


Each day this week I will take you on a daily virtual photo safari to Kenya's Masai Mara. Each post will feature a travel tip and a photo tip - or two. 

I took the images for the posts on a recent trek to the Masia Mara organized by &Beyond, a leader in African travel tours. Bateleur was our base camp for the eight-day photo safari.

Safari Tip: Plan your safari well in advance. Do a Google search on the weather, where and when most of the animals might be in a certain location, if off-road driving is allowed, medical precautions and so on. Do your search well in advance, as even taking several different meds may require specific timing.

Photo Tip: Use a zoom lens for maximum framing flexibility. All of these photographs were taken with my Canon 100-400mm IS lens on my Canon 7D. If you use a fixed focal length lens, you may run the risk of cutting off part of the animal's body in your photograph. Also, try to shoot around f/8 - where this, and most lenses, are the sharpest. Important: always sharpen selectively. In these examples, I only sharpened the animals. Here is a movie/lesson on selectively sharpening.


For more travel photography tips, see the travel section of my creativeLive class, or my ebook, Travel and Nature Photography.


Explore the light,
Rick 

P.S. If you plan on going to Kenya, have been to Kenya, have dreams of going to Kenya, or simply want to read a wonderful adventure book, check out West with the Night.