Have always bottled water with you when you are out in the bush to avoid dehydration. It can sneak up on you and when you get the headache and stomach cramp it is already serious. Keep drinking water and you will enjoy fabulous game drives.
Just like with computers the camera gear is only as good as the person using it. Get to know your camera, practice a lot and train your eye. Your camera does not see for you, unless you want automated images, but are they then yours? Learn to see, compose and work with light and your camera will capture your art for you.
Going on fly-in photographic safaris, team building photographic safaris and wildlife photography courses makes one thing much easier, travelling light. The safari flights have a baggage allowance of 15 kg for the entire baggage including hand luggage and photo equipment. This might cause immediately a shock to the owners of beautiful fixed 400mm and 500mm lenses, but it actually helps making your live easier.
Travelling with too much photo gear can limit you in your flexibility and not only on game drives. When you walk through Paris, you don’t want to carry lots of equipment with you. You would be too exhausted to focus on the actual photography.
Travel light, only take what you really need. Free yourself.
When such a situations occurs, make a step back, and if it is only imaginary, look at the situation from the distance and start seeing the solution. It will be healthier for the camera gear and yourself and the images will be just stunning.
Sounds familiar? Stop yourself doing that. In the first place the images shown on the screen of the camera are poor quality and the screen is too small to get a good impression. Second, you might think you don’t like the image right now, but it might be exactly the image you’ll need for a photo book in the future.
Do not erase too quickly. It depends very much on the situation and the purpose, if the image is suitable or not.
Many of the smaller cameras and the SLR cameras offer the choice between M for manual, A for aperture priority, S (or T) for shutter speed priority and P for (programmed or) ISO priority. The guests on photographic safaris, wildlife photography courses and team building photographic safaris often ask which of them they should use for which situation. The answer is, that it depends on what suits the user the most, on which what can the user connect the best.
We can all drive a car (at least almost all), but we prefer different ways of driving. One is good in off road driving, another good in driving in sand and again another good in driving on race circuits. It depends on talent, skills and preferences of the driver.
It’s the same with the camera settings. Some can work best with shutter speed and others work great with aperture. Find out where your strength lies and choose the manual setting that suits you best.