This is how you take the most beautiful photos of the Big Five

This is how you take the most beautiful photos of the Big Five

This is how you take the most beautiful photos of the Big Five

It’s a special experience spotting any animal on safari in Africa. However, you secretly want to cross off all the animals from the Big Five from your list most of all. The elephant, the rhino, the buffalo, the lion and the leopard are all iconic animals that live on the African savannah. Ideally, you would therefore like to take a beautiful photo as a reminder of that special moment. However, it’s not always easy to capture wild animals on camera. Taking a photo will be a lot easier with these tips!

Proper preparation

As with many things, proper preparation is also important when taking a beautiful photo. First of all, you should take extra batteries and memory cards with you. You’ll be bitterly disappointed if your battery dies just when you have the chance to take the (lion) photo of the century. In addition, you should read up on the behaviour of the animals that you want to photograph. The more you know about their behaviour, the better prepared you will be. You will then be able to take a beautiful photo instead of being surprised.

The right settings

It’s best to opt for a fast shutter time when photographing animals. In this way, you will capture the actions of the animal better without any blurriness in the photo. If you want to photograph an animal close-up, make sure the aperture is open.

Always try to focus on the eyes. This will deliver a striking photo. Who knows, you may even make eye contact. This will definitely benefit your photo. You should use a narrow aperture and set the ISO value higher for a landscape photo.

The right moment

Although you mainly need to be very lucky to spot animals, you can increase your chances somewhat. In general, you have more chance of seeing animals early in the morning, or at the end of the afternoon or in the evening. Animals are usually more active at those times than in the sometimes sweltering heat during the daytime. If you’re lucky enough to get a leopard in view, make sure that your camera is ready to shoot. If you still need to get all the settings right first, there is a bigger chance that the leopard has disappeared again by the time you’re ready. That’s a shame of course!

Take the tips above to heart, but never forget to have respect for the wild animals at all times. A beautiful photo is all well and good, but this should not be at the expense of everything else. And, above all, enjoy the moment and put your camera away now and then!

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