It’s Jeff here – photo ambassador for Africa Dream Safaris. This seems like a pretty obvious question… but stick with me for a moment. You have chosen to go to one of the most photographically rich places on the planet. And ADS is going to put you in a position to capture some epic photographs during your adventure, that’s for certain. But “What should I really shoot?”
Choosing the right lens to take on safari can be even more more important than your actual camera body. This is one area where you want to focus your attention in order to capture the best photos. The best news is that these days you don’t need to break the bank to acquire a top notch lens! Here’s some tips from Jeff Smith, our Photo Ambassador here at ADS, on what lenses to bring and how to affordably rent them.
We’re very excited to tell you all about a new section of our website called – Our Photographic Ambassador. In this super comprehensive guide to safari photography, our expert wildlife cinematographer/photographer Jeff Smith shares 20+ tips to ensure you capture the most awe-inspiring and unforgettable moments from your trip. From suggestions on cameras and lenses to details about shooting from a safari vehicle and packing your gear, he thoroughly answers all of the photo questions we’ve been gathering from our guests for years. Jeff should know a thing or two about how to show up prepared to shoot wildlife, he’s been on safari with us 5 times!
While travelling on one of our African Safari Tours we recommend taking along a minimum 300 mm telephoto lens to ensure the best photography. A zoom lens such as the Canon EF 100-400mm offers the best flexibility allowing for great photos whether or not that lion is 10 feet or 100 feet away. But, why spend $1,500 or more on a lens for a once in a lifetime trip when you can rent one for a fraction of the cost. See our safari photo recommendation section for more information.
A special thanks to Ted William for sending in this beautiful african safari photo taken on January 21, 2012 in Tanzania, East Africa. The photo shows a Thomson’s Gazelle giving birth, which is a very dangerous time for mother and baby.