Photography Equipment

You’ve taken the step to go to Africa, so what is the best way to capture this amazing event.

When it comes to photography there are so many options for people and it all comes down to your budget, whether you want just a point shoot camera or are you looking for greater reach to your photography.

Capturing  great images comes not just having a good camera but more importantly than that , it is  knowing about  composition  and understanding light. The good thing about that , that’s our role to show you that on the day, so you don’t have to think about that, that is done for you as we are there to guide you with that if you are wanting to go to the next level.Even a person who is not experienced in taking pictures will come away with awesome images.

So now the hard work has been done for you through Vicki and myself. So what camera to bring?

Below I mention the Cube , a must for travelling and it is the most practical thing that you can take on your African Adventure with Africa Running Wild Safaris..

The Camera

On our trips we have two types of people with different camera needs. We have the person who wishes to get more out of the photographic experience so they will bring a DSLR with interchangeable lens.Then you have the guest who can’t be bothered with that and really wants to be able to have something like that you don’t have to change lens. There is a lot of the market but in this area I would suggest Nikon is the leader in this area and they have 3 cameras that you may want to look at that are point and shoot, or you can use them manually and they have an amazing zoom range.

Keep in mind if you live in Adelaide and you buy a camera for the trip, we will teach you how to use it. If you live interstate and you want to fly to Adelaide and make a time with us for us to teach you to use your camera for a day, we will do that for you as well.

If you are joining us from overseas, once again we will be there for you to teach you how to use your camera.

3 camera suggestions for those who want something a little better than a point and shoot but doesn’t need to have lens change and is happy to have everything set to auto.

Nikon Coolpix B700 Digital Camera

Nikon Coolpix P1000 Digital Camera

Nikon Coolpix P900 Digital Camera


Check List

Below is a general list of what to bring to Africa once you have your camera.

  • Camera- I use two camera bodies. I shoot with Canon and I have a full frame ( canon 6D) camera as my back up camera and a half frame camera. Some of you will understand that. For those that do, I use the 7dmark2 and this is a half frame camera which means when I use my 100mm-400mm due to the crop factor(1.6) on the senor, that 100mm-400 is 730mm. I use this for all of my wild life shots as it gets me in close enough without carry a massive lens.Don’t panic is you don’t understand this, some will.If you book with African Running wild Safaris, we will talk you through all of this if you wish to learn more.
  • Ideally you should have a zoom lens that covers 100-400mm  and a medium wide angle that should cover a range of 24mm-105mm. This lens is used for people shots or if the animal comes close to the vehicle or for shooting from a helicopter.
  • Lens cloths to clean your lens. This small lens cloth will be a life saver for you.
  • Extra batteries.I normally have 4 , 2 for each camera I have. If you have one camera then I would suggest 3.
  • Battery charger . This is so important. I’ve had guests who have left their charger home, so make sure you don’t.
  • Memory cards. Make sure you have the right memory card for the correct camera as there is a big difference. If you are in doubt, make sure you speak to us so we can advise you what is best for your camera.
  • Zip lock bags are great to put bits and pieces in so they are not all lose in your camera bag.
  • If you are using a DSLR that has interchangeable lens , then using a bean bag is a good thing as it saves you hand holding the lens and it takes the weight of your body. Some also have used their airline head ( pillow) that they bought for the flight. These are very good as well and it will save you carry an extra bean bag.
  • If you have interchangeable lens, make sure you have ” rocket”  to blow dust out. These are valuable.
  • Laptop . This is good if you want to edit your pictures or at least view them.
  • External Hard Drives- This is a must. Make sure you have some small external hard drives that you bring.You need one to store your pictures on and another to back your pictures up. I use the Seagate series, 2 TB will cost approximate $150 but this price can change all the time . Don’t skimp on this, I can’t stress this enough. You have outlaid for the trip and the next important thing is you have a device where you can back your images up. I can’t stress this enough.
  • Make sure you have the right power plugs for the countries that you are going to.
  • The Cube is awesome. This has 4 power power outlets and 2 USB outlets. These are so good and they are small for traveling. I use these all of the time at home and overseas and in Africa they are gold.
  • Shower Cap- That’s a funny suggestion but can be very practical. If you strike rain, the shower cap fits so well over the your camera and takes no space in your bag.
  • CAMERA MANUAL -this is so important to make sure you have your camera manual as all cameras are different and different camera manufactures hide things in different areas within their menus and it can be tricky to find but having your camera manual will make life so much easier when it comes to  your camera.
  • Below are the hard drives that I use- note A is my original and B is my back of A. This is a must to do in your travels.Make sure you label them so you know what is what.