A voyage to the Kimberley region of northwestern Australia offers prime opportunity for photographers of all levels to capture its stark and relatively untouched beauty. Picture vivid sunsets over the Indian Ocean, spectacular waterfalls bursting from red cliffs and statuesque crocodiles lying in wait. Photographers in Kimberley are no doubt spoiled for choice, especially when it comes to shooting nature and wildlife scenes. Because you won’t want to miss a shot, here are some photography tips to keep in mind before your Kimberley tour.
Tip 1 – Bring the right gear
While you obviously won’t be forgetting your camera, you might also want to consider bringing a few other photography essentials on your Kimberley cruise. One of the most important pieces of gear you’ll want to bring is a monopod. Easier and faster to set up than a tripod, a monopod will allow you to capture wildlife and nature scenes with the best light and little blurriness. Another great item is a good bag to carry your camera, lenses and other equipment in. A proper bag will allow you to hike comfortably with your camera protected. You can even get camera bags that come with rain covers so that bad weather won’t disrupt your day.
Tip 2 – Use the ‘golden hour’
Good lighting is essential for any excellent photo. That’s why the hour directly after sunrise and one hour before sunset are known to most photographers as the “golden hour” for the magical light they provide. Shooting during the golden hour on the Kimberley Coast will undoubtedly provide you with stunning pictures of the majestic landscape basked in glowing light.
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Tip 3 – Appreciate overcast days
Kimberley’s dry season starts in May, meaning the weather from May-July is generally sunny and still warm with fairly little rain. However, there is always the possibility of a cloudy day and photographers should rejoice whenever it happens. Overcast weather means the light is more diffused and less likely to wash out details and bright colours; this is particularly ideal for lower-end cameras that might not have a great dynamic range.
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Tip 4 – Consider shooting RAW
If you’re a big fan of editing your pictures after you’ve taken them, you may want to consider shooting in RAW format. RAW files store much more information than JPEG files so that you can really play around with your pictures once you’re back home. Be warned that RAW photos take up extra space on your memory card, so come prepared with extra.