Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Digital Photo Safari

I've been a digital travel photographer for a long time, which is why some of my friends jokingly call me the "Godfather of Photography."
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon Published in Shooting
PLANNING: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105mm IS lens
PLANNING: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105mm IS lens
LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105mm IS?lens


Sure, photographing animals is the main goal on a photo safari, but don't overlook landscape opportunities.

For landscape photography, you'll want a variety of lenses. For my Masai warrior/rainbow shot, I used a Canon 24-105mm lens.

When photographing a landscape, try including people in the scene to add a sense of place and scale to your image. For maximum depth of field, use a wide-angle lens and a small aperture, and focus one-third into the scene.


"Rain, rain, go away!" is what some photographers say when they go on a trip. I say, "Bring it on!"

EMBRACE THE SITUATION: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 100-400mm IS lens

You can get wonderful images before, during and after it rains. You may need to boost your ISO, but don't worry about noise. If a picture is so boring that you notice the noise, it's a boring picture. What's more, it's easy to reduce noise with software, and most newer cameras do a great job of reducing noise automatically.


After you've worked hard to get great images, it's time to download and back up your files.

When it comes to power, plug your computer, chargers and other devices into a surge-suppressor power strip. That way, if the generators at your camp or lodge are switched off and on in the middle of the day or night, your gear will be protected against a power surge.

When you download, be extra-careful about file handling. Before you reformat a memory card, make sure all the images on the card are backed up in at least two places. I back up on my computer and on an accessory, portable 500 GB hard drive.


Sharing your pictures is part of the fun of being a photographer. Getting back to telling the whole story, try to take some fun shots, too! Share the fun shots along with your great shots. Make a blog post and/or photo gallery a "fun for all."

For fun shots, you may want to take a point-and-shoot camera. That way, all your fun shots will be on one card.

Rick Sammon teaches image-making at his workshops, including his Africa workshops. Visit with Rick at www.ricksammon.info.

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