Exclusive Safaris

What is a Exclusive Wildlife photo safari

Regardless of your level of photographic skill, a photo safari is specifically designed and executed with photographers in mind.

There are many aspects of a photo safari that sets it apart from a normal African Safari.

Private & dedicated photographic vehicle
You will have access to your own dedicated photographic vehicle, invaluable when wanting to spend longer periods of time photographing that special wildlife moment and being able to reposition the vehicle to best suit the situation.
I will also help in setting up the vehicle for photography and the best possible way to support your camera and lens by supplying bean bags, brackets and gadgets.
Photographic safaris are more flexible in terms of time as the main focus is on taking pictures, more time in the bush equals more photographic opportunities.

Professional wildlife photographer
I am a professional Wildlife photographer who will help you capture exceptional Wildlife images. I can assist and coach you in every situation with camera settings based on the situation and available light.I will let you know the best in-camera settings to best capture the scene, ISO, Aperture, Shutter speed, Exposure compensation, the use of fill flash to name but a few.I have used both Nikon and Canon Cameras and I have extensive knowledge on both and I can assist regardless of the camera you have.

You will get advice on Camera gear and what lenses to take with you based on the destination;I have travelled extensively in Africa and have first hand knowledge on the local conditions and photographic opportunities.

I am passionate about photography and Africa’s Wildlife and I have extensive knowledge on animal behavior and can often prepare you ahead of time to capture that dramatic image.

Post processing & editing
After photographing Africa’s spectacular wildlife I will give you feedback on your images as well as show you how to post process your images in the digital darkroom using Adobe Lightroom 5.

A Exclusive photo safari is a great way to learn and improve your photographic skills as well as learn how to work in Adobe Lightroom, and what better classroom than the African bush!

How is a Photographic safari different from a regular African safari?

1. On a regular African Safari you will more than likely share a vehicle with other safari goers who may not be interested in photography and who may have a different passion and who don’t want to sit and wait for that special photographic moment to happen.

2. The guide you go with may have a limited photographic knowledge and not understand what you the photographer really require.

3. You will not have access to a Professional photographer and assistance in every photographic situation.

What camera gear and lenses do I need?
This is a commonly asked question and one that is easy to answer.
Take the best equipment possible! To get the best out of your photographic experience having the best Equipment will yield the best results. Unfortunately this is not always possible.
I can however work with you and the equipment you currently have available. Rental options are also available should you wish to experiment with other lenses or camera bodies.I can always help you with various choices.

Here are a few ideas and suggestions on camera gear and lenses that are ideal for a photographic safari

Two camera bodies are preferable, one with good ISO performance and a decent frame rate, like the Canon 1Dx, 1DMk4 or Nikon D4 and D3S are advisable. The second camera body can be a high quality full frame camera for landscape photography and for use when things slow down a bit!
If you have two camera bodies, you can avoid changing lenses and possibly missing any action. By limiting lens changes, you can avoid dust getting onto your sensor, which can be a problem.
Using two identical bodies is also a good option, preferably with good ISO performance and good frame rates

A Flash is a valuable tool and can be used during the day and at night. It is advisable to use an original brand flash and not a 3rd party flash. The best way to use flash is to get it off the camera and a Wimberley flash bracket and an off-shoe flash cord are ideal for this.

Your choice of lens will be dictated by the photographic subject and your destination but as a general rule you should ideally travel with 3 lenses, a good zoom lens that will get you in the 400mm range, a mid range lens for e.g. 70 – 200mm lens and then a wider angle lens such as a 24-70mm lens or a 16-35mm lens.
Prime fixed focal lenses are great and the image quality is exceptional but they sometimes limit you in certain situations.

The best all-round support system is a good strong heavy-duty monopod, not the light flimsy type! If you are using a big lens then a Gimbal head is ideal to attach on top of the monopod, for lighter shorter lenses a DJ 90 swivel head will do. Then of course travelling with a sturdy beanbag is always a good idea.

Spare Batteries are essential; you never want to run out of power on Safari
Good quality re-chargeable batteries for your flash
Enough memory card space and some extra just in case!
Cleaning cloth and dust blower
A small headlamp to use at night
Laptop and external hard drive
Poncho or raincoat or waterproof bag for you camera gear or even a few big plastic bags

Equipment rental options:
If you do not have suitable equipment then do not worry as Cameras and lenses can be rented for your safari locally in South Africa and I will gladly show you how to use them.