Wildlife Photography Tips(VIDEO)
Ready for ten quick but super useful wildlife photography tips in less than 10 minutes? Then check out this video! These are 10 tips and tricks I use all the time when I’m out photographing wildlife and I hope they’ll help you as well.
By – Kathleen Reeder
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- Get Out Early, Get Out Late
- Drop To Eye Level
- Eye contact is the most powerful when it looks like you are the same height as the Animal
- Watch your backgrounds
- Never follow an Animal
- Get Closer
- Outsmart the Wind
- Use the continuous frame for sharper images
- Make your Buffer last longer
- Use AF points for Composition
- Use centre point AF for tough to focus situations.
The Approach Options
Most wildlife is shy and there are two approaches to getting close to it: stalking or finding a spot and lying in wait. Learning to quietly creep up on your subject without it noticing is a skill that must be learned through practice.
Many wildlife photographers spend not just hours but days sitting silently in a hide- a small camouflaged den made of wood, canvas or other material in which the photographer waits, with small holes for the lens to stick out. If all this sounds like too much commitment there are easier ways.
You can attract wildlife to your garden by planting plants or putting out appropriate food or visit the zoo. You can get surprisingly good shots in these places if you compose carefully to avoid cages, cars and crowds in the shot.
Some photographers prefer a telephoto lens, for their versatility, others favour fixed focal length lenses for their faster maximum apertures. Either way, whether you are shooting in your garden, at the zoo, you are likely to need lenses of at least 200mm and maybe up to 600mm. A sturdy tripod is also essential when using big lenses.
- Study your subject
- Stick with local subjects to start
- Try attracting wildlife to your garden, and shooting from your house
- Practice in zoos and safari parks
- Make sure you have at least one decent zoom/telephoto in the 200-400mm range lens.
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