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Ready, Aim, Get that Photo & Win

August 1, 2012

We have just launched our photography contest on Facebook (for more details visit http://on.fb.me/Q2agWf ) and you could win a fabulous 12 day Kenyan safari for two.  We are lucky enough to have 3 fabulous judges – host of BBC’s Big Cat Diary, Jackson Looseyia, member of the Kenyan Tourist Board of Directors, David Stogdale and the world famous photographer, Angela Scott.   To help you out, I have gathered 10 tips for photographing wildlife on safari – so get your cameras ready!

1.  Shoot at the Highest Resolution – You can always compress an image for e-mail or web display later, but it’s tough to up-res or add picture information if it’s not in the original file.

2. Know Your Equipment – You should be able to change a lens or memory card without looking, be familiar with the controls by touch and location and be aware of how many shots you have left before the memory card is filled. That means taking the time to learn your gear intimately before you chance upon your visual prey.

3.  Use a Telephoto Lens – It’s the unspoken agreement between man and the wild: stay at a safe distance, and the inhabitants will make like you’re not on their turf.

4.  Keep It Steady – Streaks and blurs of motion can sometimes bear the semblance of creativity. When you’re hunting for detail, though, nothing beats a sharp, clear picture. Even panning with the action is better done with a tripod.

5.  Know Your Subject – Learn about your photographic subjects and their habits, and you’ll have greater success capturing images of them.

6.  Aim for the Eyes – A sharp focus on the eyes will lend a realistic and dynamic feel to your wildlife photo.

7.  Consider Composition – Close-ups of an animal can be intriguing, but placing your subject within its natural context offers something different: a quiet understanding. Use the advantage of a zoom lens to bring home the same shot from a variety of perspectives.

8.  Get Creative – Shoot the same scene in different ways; if time allows, try vertical as well as horizontal framing, zoom in or out during a longer exposure, add a filter, create a sequence or stitch together a panorama. The image variations you can achieve during post-production editing are virtually limitless.

9.  Know Your Light – The light at sunrise or sunset warms a subject’s color. Where will the sun be when you begin snapping? Behind you, it’ll light up the subject, it’ll create a dramatic silhouette. In your “studio under the sky,” clouds make for a great diffuser, as they soften specular light and hard shadows.

10.  Take a Lot of Pictures – You may not be returning to the wild tomorrow. Digital memory cards are economical and can hold thousands of breathtaking and no-longer-fleeting memories.

Remember to enter your images at http://on.fb.me/Q2agWf  before October 30th and for more inspiration see these videos featuring Angela Scott.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9P4QNfzBII&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2wLvZ1jqLA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYZWOGJYGeU

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