Going on an African Photo Safari
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Going on an African Photo Safari

Travel + Adventure + Photography
3.8 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
5 students enrolled
Created by Dave Wilson
Last updated 5/2017
Current price: $10 Original price: $25 Discount: 60% off
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Choose a type of safari ( luxury, low-cost, gorilla treks, etc.)
  • Make a practical travel plan, taking into account hours of flying and time zone shifts.
  • Pack clothes and photo gear efficiently
  • Stay healthy on the trip
  • Know what type of cameras and lenses might be good.
  • Decide if they need a full-frame DSLR or a smaller camera
  • Keep all their digital gear charged (cameras, phones, watches, tablets, computers, etc.)
  • Take great photos and videos
  • Safely backup their photos and videos while on the trip
  • Print some of their best photos when they return
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  • Nothing. Students just need to be excited about wildlife and travel

Learn how to go on an African Photo Safari, with details about

  • Choosing a safari 
  • Detailed travel planning
  • Packing
  • Keeping all your batteries charged
  • Camera gear and lenses
  • Comparing telephoto lenses for full frame, APS-C, and Micro Four Thirds
  • Photography techniques: RAW files, exposure adjustments, HDR, cropping

Learn about different types of safaris. Review the instructors actual trip schedule and costs. 

Learn how to benefit from the instructor's mistakes.

Who is the target audience?
  • People who want to go on a Wildlife Photo Safari.
  • People who might want to go to Africa
  • Photographers
  • People who want to shoot great wildlife photos
Compare to Other Wildlife Photography Courses
Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
Getting Started
2 Lectures 11:19

This free lecture describes what is in the course. The lecture includes some wildlife photos taken on safari.

Preview 07:49

This sections shows the kinds of photos that you could take on a photo safari. All of these wild animal photos were taken by Dave and Cheryl Wilson in Botswana and South Africa..

Preview 03:30
Before - Planning
6 Lectures 48:31

This lecture describes various options for going on Safari, and provides lots of detail about the luxury safari that Dave took. It introduces cost issues, and other types of safaris.

Choose a type of safari

You will learn that visiting the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda can be a very interesting safari choice.

Visiting the Mountain Gorillas

You will see the exact steps used to plan for a Safari, and learn why it takes almost a year to plan for a 21-day trip.

Travel Planning

You will see the exact cost breakdown for a luxury safari, and learn tips for saving money on a less expensive safari.


You will learn tips on everything from packing efficiently to a way to pack all your photo gear in a compact camera backpack.


You will learn about insuring good health while on your safari. Topics include:

  • Vaccines and pills
  • State Department travel warnings
  • Travel Medicine offices
  • Rules for riding in an off-road vehicle 
  • Sleeping
Staying Healthy
Before - Camera and Computer Equipment
4 Lectures 38:58

You'll see why brining more than one camera with a number of excellent lenses is a good idea for photographers.

Camera systems

You will learn about how to compare different camera and telephoto lens combinations. You'll learn about how 16 MP (megapixels) can become 4 MP, and how 51 MP can become 13 MP. You will learn that even 4 MP images can be great,

Preview 06:29

You will see an example of how to efficiently pack multiple cameras and lenses into a backpack that you can carry on an airplane or a game drive.

Preview 04:40

You will see a specific set of equipment used to simultaneously charge batteries for nine devices - from one wall plug!

Charging Cameras, Computers, etc.
During Your Safari
5 Lectures 34:23

You will see how Google Earth can take you on a 21-day safari - in less than five minutes.

Google Earth Trip Sumary

You will learn about RAW files and why you should shoot RAW. You'll also learn how to use camera settings to improve exposure and show motion. And, you'll learn why High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging can be cool.

Photo Techniques I: RAW files, exposure, motion, HDR

You will learn to avoid a common cropping mistake while shooting, and how to use non-destructive cropping tools to let you edit a given photo in more than one way,

Photo Techniques II: Cropping

You will see example videos that show why you should take also capture videos along with still photos. You'll also learn why you might want to shoot 4K video (even if you don't have a 4K TV).

Don't Forget Video

You will learn a system for safely backing up all your safari photos and videos - while on safari.

Preview 03:23

1 question
After Retuning Home
2 Lectures 11:21

You may have hundreds or thousands of photos and videos to handle after you return from your safari. This lecture shows a specific example of a way to

  • organize your photos
  • choose favorites
  • groups photos by date  
  • learn more about how your cameras and lenses were used.

You will even see a way to automatically find all your elephant photos!     

Preview 07:01

You will learn about making real prints to hang on the wall. I.e., why social media is not sufficient, 

Printing Photos
4 Lectures 42:59

Example photos taken in London.

Slideshow: London

Example photos taken in Lesedi Village in South Africa.

Slideshow: Lesedi Village

Example photos taken in the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana.

Slideshow: Mashatu

Example photos taken in the MalaMala Game Reserve in South Africa.

Slideshow: MalMala
About the Instructor
Dave Wilson
3.8 Average rating
3 Reviews
5 Students
1 Course
Self-employed software developer/photographer/teacher

I have a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University. I've been a serious photographer for over 50 years. I've been employed by IBM and H-P, and have been a software contractor for Apple, IBM, Sun Microsystems, and many other firms. I have delivered advanced technical seminars in the U.S., Japan. England, Germany, and Australia.

 I've developed a number of iPhone and iPad apps that have been sold in Apple's iOS App Store. My most successful apps help teach people to be better photographers,

My wife and I have been married for over 50 years, and have two kids and four grandkids. 

We went of an African Photo Safari in 2016, and took over 5,000 photos of wild animals. Some of my photos of African birds and animals were the best photos I have ever taken.

My latest photography adventures have been using the DJI Mavic Pro quadcopter drone for really cool aerial photography.