In preparation for my April 2013 Tanzania photo safari (info on my Workshops page)
I'm running a new series here on my blog: Six Days of Africa Photo
Safari Tips. Scroll down to read my previous posts in this series.
Today's tip: Have some plug-in and filter fun during your downtime.
Most of the action on a photo safari takes places in the early morning and late afternoon. During the day, especially during the summer months, it's sometimes so hot that the animals rest in the shade. What's more, when it's sunny, the light is not great for photography between 10 AM and 3 PM.
Little action and bad light means spending time, several hours a day, in your tent working on and playing with your pictures. On one Botswana safari, for example, we left our camp at 5 AM, returned at 9 AM, and did not go back out on safari until 4 PM.
Downtime is a good time to play with plug-ins. Plug-ins can help awaken the artist within; they can remove the reality from a picture for a more artistic image.
All of the plug-ins I use are on my Save on Plug-ins page. You can save a bundle when you order a bundle.
Removing the reality is fun, but of course, so is getting the most realistic image. That often includes getting the sharpest possible picture. I sharpen my images using Nik Sharpener Pro, being careful not to over sharpen, which can, indeed, be tempting.
Speaking of being in your tent, charging your batteries and laptop is important. Check with the camp management and find out when they switch generators, which can cause a power surge and zap gear. Don't have your gear plugged in during the switch.
Also bring a power strip/surge suppressor as an extra safeguard against power surges. Make sure the voltage of your strip you by at home matches the voltage of the camp. You may need a voltage converter if the power does not match.
If you like the composition of the photographs in this post, and if
you want to learn how to make the best possible exposure, check out my
Kelby Training Classes on my On-Line Classes page.
I hope to see you in Tanzania next April. We'll shoot at the golden hours, and process our pictures during downtime.Explore the light,