Hi, today I would like to talk to you about Wildlife Photography 10 tips that might just help you will improve your wildlife photography.
Wildlife Photography No.1 is to know your gear. So maybe get comfortable with your camera before you go out in the field Know where the buttons are. Get familiar with the button so when you look through your camera and a situation appears you know at least know what button to press so that you don’t look at your camera and wonder what must I do now. So be comfortable. Maybe you want to move your focus point that you know where I can move my focus point. I don’t need to take the picture all the time in the middle. Know where you can change your shutter speed or your aperture where you have to change your ISO. If you’re not comfortable with the full manual yet, maybe understand how one of the auto exposure modes is working. If you may be more comfortable on aperture priority, know when to use what aperture or how low your aperture can go according to the lens you have. Maybe also understand or try to work out on your camera or lens what is the minimum shutter speed you can go and still have a reasonably sharp image. You also have ISO on your camera so see how high or how far you can push your camera in certain situations. You might come when you have very little light and then you know how high you can push your ISO and still have a reasonable image.
Wildlife Photography No.2 is to know your location and animal behaviour. I think it’s very important to do some research where the location that you are in so go to make sure the time of year when it’s a dry season or when it’s a wet season, maybe? Some times of the year also you have different animals. You have different birds. Birds migrate. So I think it’s very important to do some research. If you’re, for example, a bird photographer makes sure that the bird that you’re interested in – to make sure that the location that you’re aiming to go that the bird is at this time of year there. Birds are nesting certain time of year, of course. So make sure if you’re interested in this bird as well, that you are the time they’re nesting. Be there by the time where they may be hatching. You can get really cool bird behavior. Maybe they bring food for the chicks so it could be really cool and photos.
Wildlife Photography No. 3 is light. I think light is so important so how to work with light very early out in the mornings. Get up early, be out there before the sun even comes up and the same in the afternoon just before the sun goes down. Be out there it’s a really beautiful light. We call it in photography terms we call it the golden hour. So be out there this will already make a big difference in your photography. If you maybe have an overcast day, you can shoot of course longer during the day. The light will also nicely diffused.
Wildlife Photography No.4 is shooting close but wide as well. We sometimes zoom in the total time on our subjects. We’re getting an accurate portrait. Just close-ups may detail, but don’t forget also shoot wide. Zoom may be out a little. If you have a wide-angle, use it. Get the trees in the background. The mountains. Where the animals walking in the environment and that will just give you as well a different type of photo.
Wildlife Photography No.5 is working on your angle. Don’t be afraid to go down as low as you can. Go down on your knees or even lie down flat on your stomach. This will help you create that nice out-of-focus background and make your image or your animal pop a little more from your background. Being on eye level with your subject will create a more personal feel to your image. So go down as much as you can.
Wildlife Photography No.6 focused on the eyes. Eyes are often the first thing that we notice when we’re looking at the animal. So look closely to the eye and focus on the eye. When you have the eyes sharp, the overall image will feel sharp. Even if you work with a shallow depth-of-field.
Wildlife Photography No.7 is taking advantage of digital photography. Don’t be shy to take as many as you need to. Have your camera on continuous shooting and shoot burst shooting. it could be the difference between getting this shot or missing the shot. So don’t be shy and shoot as many as you can. In the back of your digital camera, you have an LCD screen where you can view your images. Have a look at them to see if something is wrong, maybe it’s too dark, it’s too bright and where you can easily and quickly adjust before you keep on shooting.
Wildlife Photography No.8 prepared to wait. Have patience. Patience is the name of the game in wildlife photography. There’s nothing more rewarding when you sit at the sighting. Waiting for a long time and an animal gets up and walking towards your camera. Or a bird flying off a branch with the wings nicely open towards you and get a beautiful wingspan. So don’t be afraid to sit by a sighting and wait. This might take time.
Wildlife Photography No.9 composition. The center is boring! Don’t always put your subject in the middle of your frame. Use the rule of thirds. Move your subject to the left of your frame if it looks to the right. Move your focus point to the right when your subject looks to the left. Move your horizon to the bottom or to the top. Don’t always put your subject in the middle. Follow this step and this will create a more interesting image for you.
Wildlife Photography No.10 aims for simple backgrounds. Sometimes the most dramatic wildlife photos are with simple backgrounds. Photos with a busy background will cause your subject to getting lost in the frame. The goal is to highlight your subject to make them stand out from a blank or empty background behind the animal. Sometimes you just need to move or shift your position left or right to create a more favorable scene. So this is my 10 tips for you. So I hope it helped you please leave your comments down below and thank you for watching.