Every year, around about the same time, over a million wildebeest, zebra and antelope migrate around the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystem (approx. 1,930 km). Birthing (known as ‘calving season’), courting and mating occur along the way. The movements of the herds are tracked throughout the year and some months will provide visitors with a lot more drama and thrills as opposed to other months. The rains are what drive this spectacle so it’s not an exact science.
With wildebeest numbers in the millions, including other migrating game in the hundreds of thousands, the opportunities for great photos are in ample supply. Although there is an abundance of wildlife to focus your eyes and your camera on, great photos are about more than just getting a lot of shots and picking the best ones. Truly sensational photos worthy of National Geographic status require a bit more thought.
Some Things to Consider for Your Next Photo Safari
- The right season and destination – Some people are happy with anytime of the year when it comes to game viewing. If you’re a serious photographer, you may want to consider the time of the year, so you can see and shoot the best encounters.
- The right equipment – If you are considering getting more serious when it comes to your photography, you may want to level up from your smart phone into something more suited for getting great shots.
- Communicate with your guide – Let your guide know what animals you are looking for and ask him or her questions on animal movements (a good guide has honed his or her skills when it comes to anticipating animal behaviour).
- Know your camera and be ready to shoot – Timing can be the difference between an okay shot and the one that got away. Get your settings right and anticipate the shot.
- Lighting – Different times of the day will yield different results. Apart from early morning or late afternoon, the sun can be harsh and can cast many shadows.
- Don’t run out of memory – You’re laughing at how silly this seems now, but you won’t be laughing when you run out of memory. Always have a backup memory card to avoid this blunder.
These tips above may seem a bit silly or trivial, but the difference between a good shot and a great shot can sometimes be remembering the basics. If you are looking for the more technical aspects of photography, why not consider joining us on a photo safari.
Paul Joynson-Hicks (http://www.pauljoynsonhicks.com) is one photographer who knows a thing or two about taking incredible photos. Paul has been living in east Africa for more than twenty years, where he has been honing his craft in wildlife photography. An expert at getting the composition of his photos just right, he leads a number of photographic safaris each year where he gives tips and tricks to help eager photographers get the perfect shot.
If you are interested in sharpening your photography skills then please join us on a Serengeti photographic safari with Paul Joynson-Hicks. Feel the sights and sounds of the Serengeti while capturing some amazing memories in the process. You will be the envy of your friends and family once you show them the pictures you took.