01 September 2013

Helpful Thoughts on Photo Safaris


It can be a pretty exciting event, going on photographic safari and planning the entire trip with travel bookings and photo equipment preparations. First of all, enjoy the excitement. Second, don’t panic when it seems challenging to get your photo gear within the luggage allowance and all the worries on dust, water and other elements you might get into. Try to talk to people who are experienced with photo safaris to avoid unnecessary buys and too much luggage. Don’t feel silly about any question. If you haven’t been to Africa, you cannot know what to bring and prepare. Keep it easy and joy, don’t stress.

When actually being on photographic safari connect with where you are and realize that this lovely forest your camp is in is not like the forest at home, it got lion and leopard in it. Be conscious where you are to avoid critical situations. The bush is not dangerous as long as one sticks to it’s rules.

With all that set in your mind, let your heart enjoy the trip and just shoot away. Have enough memory cards to not be limited and set your camera on continuous shooting. All happens fast in the bush and often you just keep shooting seeing later what has come out.

Enjoy your safari adventure!

wildlife snapping!

Ute Sonnenberg for

Take Advantage of Free eBooks on Wildlife Photography


You might want to go on a photographic safari, but not necessarily doing a wildlife photography course, but you would like to prepare and get some extra guidance. Then you should utilize the available eBooks on wildlife photography.

Here some examples:

Photo Safari Essentials eGuide with tips and tricks from what camera equipment to pack to a little field guide and simple practical advice.

How tos Wildlife Photography is a selection of blog posts on wildlife photography with lots of practical tips and tricks.

Not to forget, there is also wildlife in your back garden. We don’t always need to look far from home. There might be a little hedgehog right under the bushes in your backyard.

Happy snapping!

Ute Sonnenberg for

What are the Components of Your Photography?


Take one of your pictures and look at it. Ask yourself the question, what made the picture.

There is the camera that captured the photo. Maybe it was a smart phone camera or a camera body with a lens or a small point and shoot camera. And there is the subject of your photo, your family, friends, a landscape, animals, wildlife, people on a street or a lovely beach. All these components are easy to identify. You can see them and touch them.

Yet there is more. The main component is you. Not only that you operate the camera, it is you who sees the composition, decides on the subject, creates compositions, connects with the light, senses an opportunity, creates opportunities and eventually captures moments that last forever.

Where you conscious about your role as main component of your photography?

Lets take it even further with an example of
wildlife photography. You are on photographic safari, it is hot, the sun is burning on your head, you are following a leopard through Kruger Park, the game vehicle is going off road, you got to duck from branches, flies are circling your head and then you see the leopard, you got to focus, choose the right settings, the right angle, just the moment that the light is on it’s face and then press the shutter at the right moment.

It all depends on you and your ability to cope with any circumstances and to stay focused on what you do. Be nice for yourself, even nicer than you are for you camera equipment. You are the main component of your photography.

Happy snapping!

Ute Sonnenberg for

How to Craft your Perfect Photo Safari


Yes, think of it as crafting, as being on photo safari is a creative process itself. Probably approach it like creating a sculpture, free the sculpture that is hidden in the stone by removing the stone around it.

With this mind set start from the sculpture, the core of your
photographic safari. What photography do you want to do? Landscape, desert, savanna, big herds, big cats, Big 5, with water like in the Okavango Delta or the bush in South Africa? Listen to your heart when making the choice and then go further.

Whatever your budget is, investigate for the best game drive quality. This will be essential for your
wildlife photography. When this is established, look at the options and choose the one that looks extremely comfortable, just the way you would like to spend the time between game drives and intense photographing to rest and relax.

Now you got your sculpture, your personalized safari, your photo adventure in Africa, where you are going to take pictures you always wanted to take and you will come home with an amazing photo treasure.

Happy traveling and snapping!

Ute Sonnenberg for

5 Reasons to do a Team Building Photo Safari


Be inspired by feedback from team building photo safari delegates and collect some ideas for your own team. The 5 main reasons why people loved the incentive are listed in this post, although everybody has probably his/her own reason for loving safaris.

  • 1. It is easy. Everyone can press a shutter and sit on a game vehicle.

  • 2. It is fun. Being chauffeured comfortably through the most beautiful wildlife areas and just doing nice things brings a smile on everyone’s face. Game drives are fun. It feels great to go off road, conquer deserts and savannas and not to forget the coffee breaks and sundowners.

  • 3. It is relaxing. Stress levels drop, creativity levels increase and one feels in balance with nature and the world.

  • 4. It is for all. All age groups can join and no physical exercises or even sportive activities are required.

  • 5. It is inspiring. Playing with wildlife photography inspires not only in the artistic way. It also creates space and energy that induce new ideas on all sorts of subjects, from creative problem solving to creating new work environments.

In other words, it is refreshing, cleansing, and stimulating. The combination of nature and photography makes this beneficial experience possible. And isn’t there anything nicer than working in a happy team?

Be happy and enjoy photography!

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The Resources you need to Benefit from Wildlife Photography Courses


First of all dig into your own images. If you did already wildlife photography, maybe from earlier holiday photo safaris, examine the images to know what you would like to learn or improve or just where you would like to go further into a subject. If you haven’t done wildlife photography before, look at your body of work and find out what your strength is, what you would like to improve and what new things you would like to learn. Your photography so far will tell you already a lot.

Then investigate where you can find what you are looking for. Look up where you can find the animals you want to photograph to be able to choose the safari destination. Then analyze the wildlife photography workshops. What do they teach, how do they teach, how big are the groups, what are the itineraries and what are the rates. Compare the right qualities when you compare prices.

Last but not least, inform about the recommended photo equipment, luggage allowances, mode of transportation, technical facilities at the safari camp and not to forget practical tips for clothes and health protection.

With that good preparation you will benefit the most form your chosen wildlife photography course. Try it.

Happy wildlife snapping!

Ute Sonnenberg for

Do you make an impact with your Photography?


Photography is a powerful tool for team buildings, trainings, as fine art, as leaning tool, documenting history, as the family memory and in many more ways. With every picture you take you make an impact in some way on people and the world. Never thought about it?

It might sound silly that you make an impact with the picture of a flower or with the hundreds of wildlife photos or with the family holiday photo. But you do. The flower picture might make someone very happy on a birthday. Your
wildlife photography might create consciousness on conservation. And your family photo will tell future generations about their ancestors.

Every photo counts. You can make a difference, just by sharing the image of a beautiful flower.

Happy snapping!

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