Wildlife Photography Tips

Sabi Sabi has played host to many of the world’s top wildlife photographers over the past 35 years. Few places in Africa can offer a photographer up close and personal encounters with Africa’s wildlife like Sabi Sabi. This, combined with a highly trained safari team, will ensure the very best opportunities and placement to achieve these once-in-a-lifetime shots.

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  • in good light

    In my opinion you should photograph any subject in good light (usually during the golden hours and twilight), regardless if the species is a common one or a high profile species.

  • zoom in… zoom out…

    At times, depending on the situation, it’s good to try out different photography styles.

  • side lighting to create mood

    While a lot of people are looking for a subject which is well-lit from the front, it is also a good idea to sometimes look at lighting from different angles.

  • photographing at twilight

    There are many different ways you could photograph at twilight. This is just the way I find best for myself and the method I generally use once the sun sets.

  • kingfisher in flight

    To me, bird photography is probably the most challenging aspect of wildlife photography. They move fast, they are at most times unpredictable, and photographing small birds requires a 300mm or more lens.

  • backlit zebra

    In wildlife photography backlighting can come from two different sources, the sun (natural backlighting) or with the use of a spotlight.

  • raw talent

    Most of the digital SLR’s give you an option as to the size of the photo file;

  • freeze the moment

    When it comes to wildlife photography it is vitally important to “freeze” the action.

  • flights of fancy

    Taking pictures of birds in flight is one of the trickiest skills in wildlife photography

  • correct-metering-system

    In the days of film one would either have to do the metering using light meter readers or by ‘feel’

  • taking an image that pops

    One of the ways to really make a wildlife image “pop” is to have your subject as sharp as possible…

  • lead the eye

    Every wildlife photo should have a subject that “jumps out” at the viewer…

  • panning impala

    Panning, or the capturing of movement in a still photo is a little tricky…

  • creating panoramas

    Capturing the essence of a landscape can be very difficult with an ultra wide angle lens…

  • capturing the cosmos

    For any photographer it is always a great challenge to capture the beauty of the stars.

  • change your perspective

    It is important to separate yourself from the masses and come up with new perspectives…

  • creating a panorama

    Sometimes taking just one photo, even with a wide angle lens, is just not enough to capture the scene…

  • outstanding subject

    When it comes to wildlife photography, the best results are achieved when your subject stands out.

  • strike-it-lucky

    Moving into summer I think it is appropriate to give some pointers on capturing some of nature’s fireworks.

  • creating with high key

    Overcast days are a perfect example of this as there is none of the beautiful golden light to work with.

  • low key photography

    In todays photographic tip I am going to discuss photographing “low key” or “dark” images

  • plenty of stars

    The magical thing about these types of photos is that it’s all about playing.

  • working with water

    Taking photos at night and capturing the night sky can often be a bit tricky…

  • the macro world

    What you will need to unlock the beauty of the macro world…

  • using fill flash

    Using flash for wildlife photography is not always successful, but in some cases it can be the difference…

  • backlighting

    For the most part the best positioning for a photograph is when the sun is behind you…

  • stitching stars

    The winter night sky at Sabi Sabi is one of the most amazing things to see.