Travel Photography: Africa

Travel photography can be a great way to remember your trip and potentially earn some extra money. If you enjoy traveling, then you will be able to visit lots of different countries. All of these different countries will have different challenges and requirements for taking photographs. When visiting Africa, for example, there are a number of different things that you will need to bear in mind.

African travel photography is very simple and it's also an ideal way to remember your trip in detail. If you have any luck, then you might also be able to sell the photographs on stock photo websites.

Consider the Light

Light is important whenever you take a photo. This is because the light which enters your camera lens will make up the photo. This has been the same ever since the advent of photography and hasn't changed even as a result of Digital Photography. In Africa, the sun is very strong and this can make it quite challenging to take nice photographs. You need to make sure that you use the light to your advantage. Try taking photos early in the morning or late in the evening to prevent this from being a problem.

Taking Photos in Summer

When taking photos in Africa during the summer months, you will find this even more difficult. This is because the sunlight will be even more intense at this time. If you are taking photos in Africa during the summer, then you will find that there are lots of beautiful plants and animals around at this time of the year. You will need to carefully compose shots, so that you aren't photographing anything which has a very bright background. Using a flash can also even out some of the shadows and colors.

To get the best results, you will need to shoot during the early morning. This is the time when the sun is the least harsh, which should make it much easier to capture great shots.

Taking Photos in Winter

If you are staying in Africa during the winter, then you will need to find out how to take photos. Taking photos during the winter is easier because you have longer shooting time. During winter, the conditions are still very dry. This means that a fantastic place to wait for a good photo opportunity is at watering holes. If you are patient and hide around watering holes, then you should almost always succeed.

Photographing in Reserves

There are loads of nature reserves in Africa. While many of these restrict you from taking photos from your vehicle, it should be easy to get some great photos. Many of the animals in nature reserves are more used to humans, which should make it much easier to get some unique photographs of interesting animals. It's also possible to take a professional tour guided tour in a specialist vehicle which will make taking photos even easier.

Dealing with Dust

Africa is a very dry country, which means there is a lot of dust around. Dust can get inside your camera and collect on lenses and sensors, which causes major problems. You will need to take sensor cleaning kits and blower brush packs to clean lenses and sensors. When changing lenses, you must be careful and try to avoid any wind storms, as these can increase the risk of dust getting into the lens. Take good care of your camera and clean your camera on a daily basis to keep everything in order.