If the rise of Instagram has taught us one thing, it’s that there’s a growing number of amateur photographers living among us. Of the one billion people who use Instagram on a monthly basis, the vast majority love nothing more than to share selfies and snaps from their everyday lives, as this trend is fast becoming a true global phenomenon.
Travel shots are particularly popular, as they capture true moments of magic when we’re overseas and exploring the four corners of the earth. Capturing the essence of these moments is an art form, however, and not one that should be taken lightly by amateurs.
This is particularly true when embarking on a Tanzania safari. Tanzania holiday providers like tanzaniaodyssey.com offer tours that will ensure you encounter some of the most wonderous sights on earth; so, here are some tips to help you capture the best images while on a Tanzanian safari.
Pack plenty of memory cards (or use your smartphone)
When taking photos abroad, the last thing you want to do is run out of memory or storage. This is a significant risk if you don’t go prepared, however, particularly if you’re using a camera with a high-speed drive that is three frames per second or faster.
Given the sights and wildlife on show during a Tanzania safari, you don’t want to be caught short so we’d definitely recommend packing a number of small memory cards for the duration of your stay.
This is preferable to carrying just a few cards with larger memory, so long as you’re organized and place them in your wallet or card holder that will prevent them from getting lost.
Of course, if you’re anything like us, then you can also use your smartphone to capture some of the more spontaneous images while you’re out and about. This will save much needed space and make it easier to stretch your memory further.
Back up your pictures
It’s also important that you back up your images, otherwise you run the serious risk of losing these or accidentally deleting them.
There are two primary ways in which you can do this. The first is to invest in a specialist device that has been designed to back-up flash memory cards, with portable photo storage tools a key gadget for any savvy travellers.
The major advantage of these devices is that they can be used without a computer, and once turned on they’ll back up your cards in less than 30 minutes.
If you don’t want to spend extra cash and are taking a laptop with you, however, you could instead use this to back-up your images. You can then share your images to a secure file or portable hard drive (depending on the number of pictures that you have), or both if you’re particularly security conscious.
If you do use a camera, pack a long lens
Although most modern smartphones boast a certain camera quality that is fine for capturing some images, you may need to bring with you a more sophisticated camera, particularly if you’re planning on undertaking many adventure travel activities.
After all, beautiful creatures such as leopards are elusive at the best of times, while safety restrictions means that you won’t be allowed to get too close to these animals while on safari.
To snap these species effectively, you’ll have to pack a long lens that starts at around 200mm. Ideally, this should also be a zoom lens, and one that enables you to capture the animals close-up from a safe and secure distance.
You can even go longer if you want, as even expensive lenses can be rented for a relatively modest fee. Just remember not to skimp in this area, as otherwise you’ll struggle to capture your memories and preserve them for the future.
Photos courtesy of Africa Odyssey
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Adventure-seeker with a real passion for capturing some of the world’s most beautiful destinations on camera. Especially love snapping wildlife when I get the chance to wrestle my camera away from my children!