One of the goals of most photographers is to save enough money and go on Safari. Going on safari needs careful planning and acquiring of the proper gear to maximize a once in a lifetime trip. Coming home with the best images of real Wildlife is every photographerís ultimate trophy.
Before, the word safari was defined as a big game hunt using guns to kill and hunt animals. Today, the word safari is an expedition where tourists have the chance to observe and photograph animals in the wild.
What I want to share with you today is some of the most important information you need to know if you are planning to go on a safari shoot. I will give you tips, techniques, and equipment suggestions to ensure you’re well prepared for such a memorable journey.
But before we discuss the photography side of your trip, letís first talk about the trip itself. The very first thing you must do is research everything that you can about the place you’re about to visit. A good idea is to ask help from a travel agent or ask friends who have been there for firsthand information. Although safaris are tourist friendly, there are still some restrictions and regulations that the African government upholds so make sure that you follow their laws. Knowing what to expect will make your traveling easier smoother and a lot less complicated, so take the time to read some books and articles online.
When I was only just beginning photography, I decided to look up the definition of photography. As I remember, photography comes from two Greek words “photos” (light) and “graphos” (to write). So once I’d understood photography from it’s routes “write with light”, I instantly realized the importance of having excellent light sources when taking pictures.
As I had progressed in the field of photography I did have some initial great success with capturing daytime pictures, but as the sun was going down, my pictures seemed to look worse and worse, and I soon realized that I didnít actually know how to shoot great images without an effective light source.
I often found myself taking bad pictures indoors too, especially when my subject was covered by shadows, and similar to outdoors conditions when the sun was going down. So If you like me really want to pursue photography, as a hobby or as a profession, you will be encountering such poor lighting instances, but as not all low light situations are the same, we will need to explore the essence of light a bit more.
It goes without saying that everyone starts photograhy as a newbie and somehow most of the people I know did have the same problem when they first started out learning about photography, ie: they didnít know how to take amazing pictures in low light conditions. But, every skill can be learned with a little patience, practice, and some knowledge, so to save you time from having to find out what you will need to know, I have put together the following light pointers, which certainly helped me to get on course.
Now if you’re ever scratching your head, while struggling to capture newborn beauty, then just relax… you just need to follow a couple of easy steps, and you’ll soon be struggling to put your camera away.
Really the main problem when photographing babies, is how to deal with movement, and even though a lot of digital cameras come prepared with a “Children Mode” setting, it will only present us of lighting problems…. so a manual setting unfortunately is not going to get the quality results we were looking for.
So, today we are going to explore the best way to capture perfect skin tone in low light conditions, whether indoors or outside. Let’s take a look at the following photography scenario of a baby outdoors in soft lighting conditions, so I would set my digital camera with a lower f stop, like an f/4 (this will help to softly blur out any background), with a higher ISO setting like 800 (this will help the sensor locate all additional light), and finally to counteract any movement we need to set the shutter speed to about 1/160.
It goes without saying that outdoors we normally manage to find enough light on a clear day, but indoors is a different scenario, so let’s go back to our digital camera, and explore the “White Balance” setting as the perfect tool to capture perfect indoor baby photos, especially if they are clothed in pale colors, when it’s well recommended to open your camera’s white balance adjustment and manually set it to an indoor setting. You see, even if you have overhead lighting, it will only reflect off bright colors, so on the other hand, the baby is clothed in bright shiny colors the light will reflect, although you will need to check your light meter readings to get the perfect result.
Digital cameras are one of the greatest inventions of modern times. We are so fortunate to have this modern convenience called Digital Photography. To be able to capture a precious moment or beautiful scene at the click of a button, is something we should not take for granted.
Many beginners find digital photography rather challenging and rightly so. Today, more and more digital cameras are being created and it seems like the more digital cameras they make, the more difficult they become to use.
I own a Canon Powershot S3 IS. I purchased this digital camera about a year ago and I still haven’t utilized all of the awesome little features this camera has to offer. Now you may not want or even need a camera with tons of features. It really depends on the type of pictures you plan on taking.