This list of questions and answers is probably not complete, but these are questions that come up frequently, so here we go. If your question is not here, please drop your question and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
You can bring any camera you wish, also your phone, but you should realize that with some cameras you have more possibilities than with others.
We recommend to bring a camera with interchangeable lenses that you can set manually.
Below is a list of equipment that can be useful, but is only a suggestion to make the most of your tour.
- (D)SLR or mirrorless camera
- Ultra wide angle lens (less than 24 mm)
Very useful for landscape photography to capture the vastness of the African plains for example
- Standard zoom lens (24-70 mm)
Your ‘standard’ lens which works great for landscapes and much more.
- Tele zoom lens (70-200 mm)
Great for landscape photography to compress the different layers or to show proportions better than with a wide angle lens.
Can be used for wildlife photography as well when you like to show the environment where the animals live.
- Telephoto lens (>300 mm)
Great for wildlife photography as animals usually do not stand next to your vehicle. Especially when your camera has a crop sensor (APS-C) the reach of these lenses works in your favour. For birds and smaller animals your lens should be in the range of 500/600 mm.
A tripod is an absolute necessity in order to make photographs in low light conditions, like sunrise and sunset or during the night.
- Polarizing filter
- Extra battery
- Cleaning tissues
Dust spots can be removed in post-processing, but keeping your lens clean is even better. The tissues you use to clean your glasses work fine.
Depending on the time of the year and the area where the tour is taking place, you might need different clothing. In general the best way to stay warm is to dress in layers.
Of course you can and to tell you more, so are we! In some places there might be less choice for vegetarians, but we never found it to be an issue.
Your travel insurance should cover medical assistance including repatriation for the whole duration of the your trip. This insurance is compulsory and you will be asked to hand over a paper copy to your tour leader at the start of the tour.
In addition we recommend you also get a cancellation insurance. For instance a tour might not start because of insufficient participants. We will then refund you your deposit, but we are not liable for flight tickets or other expenses made for the canceled tour.
We would be very happy to have you both on our tour. Even though the focus of our tours is on photography, we feel you could both enjoy the tour. The days start before sunrise and finish after sunset, but you will be rewarded with amazing views even without a camera. So less effort and the same rewards!
The people on our tours come from all over the world, so that is why your flight is not included in your Nature Photo Tour. If you need assistance however, please let us know.
You do not need to bring a laptop, but… if you want to practice post-processing of your images during the tour, you’re welcome to bring it. Please have Adobe’s Lightroom CC Classic installed. You can get a 14-days trial from Adobe’s website. This is the complete version, but only works for 2 weeks unless you subscribe. This way you can make the most of the introduction in the use of Lightroom during our tour. Otherwise you can follow the post-processing looking over my shoulder while I show you where the magic happens.
For photographers any weather can be good weather to take photos. We will work with the light that we will have available. We have however planned our tours in times of the year when the nature is beautiful. In addition we will take most of our photos during the golden hour, when the light is at its most beautiful.