16 Safari Secrets from a Wildlife Photography Professional

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Do Your Research

Research the behavior, habitat, and diet of your target animal. When observing it in the wild, be mindful of causing discomfort and be ready to retreat if necessary.


Respect Their Environment

Never modify natural surroundings for a better photo. Utilize zoom lenses instead of getting closer, and use infrared filters or red spotlights at night to avoid disturbing wildlife.


Don’t Overcrowd Sightings

Respect wildlife comfort: Avoid crowding animals with vehicles for photos. If an area becomes congested, move on to ensure their well-being.


Let Sleeping Lions Lie

Don't disturb wildlife for a better photo by making noise or playing pre-recorded sounds.


Don’t Feed The Animals

Please refrain from offering snacks to wildlife to take photos, as this can ultimately cause harm to them.


Go Slow

Be patient when observing wildlife; allow animals time to acclimate to your presence to capture a natural shot.


Protect Them

Remember to take care when photographing and sharing wildlife photos. Remove geo-location tags and EXIF data to protect endangered species from poachers.


Look For The Eye

To capture compelling wildlife portraits, focus on the animal's eye to reveal its mood and intent.


Correct Shutter Speed

Choosing the correct shutter speed is vital for capturing wildlife in motion. Practice photographing moving subjects at home to ensure clear, sharp photos on safari.


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