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Photographic Safari in Namibia

Southern Namibia – Photographer’s Paradise

The South of Namibia is home to rugged geological formations, golden dunes, endemic flora and colonial architecture. Explore the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world, the stunning Namib Rand and of course the emblematic Sossusvlei. Finish your tour with a night under the stars at Spitzkoppe.

Nature Photography Safari

Mother Nature cannot be rushed, and neither should you be. Come and discover the vast range of fauna and flora from Namibia’s lush Waterberg region to the beautifully arid Etosha National Park.

Many people will wonder what is the difference between a photo safari and a normal safari?
At Namvic we make the difference because we know what a photographer wants and what a photographer needs to get the perfect photo
Africa has such potential when it comes to getting great photos on safari. Namibia has unique and spectacular landscapes that give beautiful photos. But understanding at what time of day the light is best to get that perfect photo is so important. Especially in Namibia and in the Namib desert as there are many mountains in the area and shadows can be an asset or a nuisance for photographers.
In Africa, everyday’s sun rise and sunset is just as beautiful as you would expect. Capturing them isn’t difficult, but being at the right place at the right time is crucial. Our photography guides will make sure you never miss a pink sky throughout your stay in Africa.
When on a photo safari in Africa you need to take things slow. Driving should be done at a snail pace, allowing you to see each and every detail that the African bush has to offer.
And don’t worry about having expensive equipment four your African photo safari. No matter what type of Camera you have you can take great photos. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a brand new cameras. African photo safaris provide you with so many opportunities to get beautiful shots, even just on an iphone.
When visiting deadvlei I take photos every single time, even though I have been so many times before. But everytime it is still just as beautiful. And I always take photos on my phone and I get so many compliments from those photos. Deadvlei has such extraordinary colours that you will always get a photo appealing to the eye. But we want to go a step further. We want you to get the photo that no one else has got. The odd tree from a completely different angle, shadows in a different position, a photo taken from the ground to give a different perspective of the same place, photographed a million times before.

The aspects of an African photo safari:

Probably the most important thing to take into account for any photographer is the lighting. If the lighting is bed, there is not much you can do to salvage the photo, no matter how good you are at editing. When in Africa, this is amplified even more so by our wonderful, but extremely bright, African sun. Namvic’s guides are constantly aware of the sun and its position according to the vehicle and their clients. Positioning a large open 4x4 is not always easy, especially if you what you are trying to capture is a herd of elephants! But this is what our guides are trained for, and their extensive knowledge of both photography and animal behavior makes them the best to guide you and get that perfect shot of an elephant in the perfect light.
Sunrise and sunset are obviously the best times for photos, as well as the glorious ‘golden hour’ which is especially beautiful in the eastern parts of Etosha and around the Namib Rand reserve. As Namvic only offers personalized safaris we will make sure that we are up and out in the bush or desert before the sun even has time to peak over the mountains. Each day is catered to your needs, thus each safari will leave at the time you want it too, and will return to the lodge for a siesta only once you have run your camera’s battery dry. One of our favourite things to do, is to take our clients out for a private sundowner. We fill up the coolbox before we leave with plenty of refreshments and ice and take you out to the best spots to get the last light of the day (if you’re lucky with a desert elephant or oryx around).

Composition is vital for a great photo but often a big problem in most photos taken on safari. I have seen so many photos over the past few years with a lion or an elephant right in the center of the photo. Yet If the photographer had just moved their camera over a few centimeters and got that elephant in a corner of the frame, the result would be so much more artistic and pleasing to the eye. Our guides will teach you all about the rule of thirds and how to use the animals and landscape to create an esthetic piece of art.

The Subject
On an African photo safari, the subject is often tricky as it is usually mobile. Photographing animals is certainly not the easiest thing to do. But that is where both positioning and patience come in to play. As mentioned before, our guides understand the importance in positioning the vehicle perfectly so that the client sat behind them can get the best view. But it often isn’t that simple. On safari animals rarely stop and pose for a photo. Thus our guides must play around with moving the vehicle as the animal moves. Understanding animal behavior is essential to do this safely. Animals do not usually appreciate being followed, and Namvic and our team put our guests safety as a high priority, but we also consider the animal’s comfort just as important. Unfortunately, animals cannot express their discomfort verbally, so our guides are trained to understand what the animal is feeling and telling us by their behavior. By keeping the correct distance and moving only when necessary, both photographer and subject can be happy with the exchange.

Once you have finished your photo safari each day, our guides can help you with the editing of your photos. Just bring along your computer and whichever version of photo editing software you use (we recommend Lightroom) and sit by the fire with a G&T in one hand, listening to the nocturnal sounds of the bush and let your guide show you how to adjust the contrast, light and saturation of your photos, amongst many other things. We believe that when it comes to editing a little goes a long way, and it is always best to keep your photos as natural as possible.