There are many wildlife photography tips I can reveal to you, but here are the most key. It actually does depend heavily on, not only light, but your shooting at the right moment and knowledge of the creature you are photographing and a whole lot of patience.
I can recommend to a a small number of memory cards with you and ensure you can store an obscene amount of information on them. And photograph in RAW. You will be able to get the best quality that way and be able to keep those shots for a lifetime. And expect to take many images until you get the right shot. It all comes down to preparation.
Portraits can really teach us about wildlife photography. How we order and structure our creature within the frame, concentrate on the eyes and body movement, and keep clear focus on the eyes…these are all things we do in portraiture all the time and wildlife photography is no different.
Even if you get nothing else in focus, and you have the eyes nice and sharp, then you can get away with it. We naturally look at eyes, which is why this system works best and works well. You may have noticed in the past that if the eyes are indistinguishable in a head and shoulders shot, then we just do not connect emotionally with the shot.
Your own personal well being is a huge point. Stay within a huge distance from a wild animal. This is why wildlife photographers make use of really lengthy lenses. They must be able to get as close up to the action as soon as possible without surprising the animal to their being there, or, put themselves in harms road. A lot of wild animals are tremendously protective and will act in response to you as a threat if they are unsure. So be intelligent. Take a long lens and keep out of view.
Not only do we use a long lens for this reason, but also for the idea of not wanting to intimidate the animal in any way. This is especially true for birds. Wild birds are nervous little things at best. When a bird is resting calmly on a tree branch waiting for a mate, you don’t want to make a noise from the bushes and risk it hurrying to another place.
Sunset and the break of day are by far the best times to take photos of wild animals. They come out for food and can be seen stalking, fighting with other animals and searching attentively. They will also come out of their sleeping place, get ready for attracting a soul mate and begin singing or performing the traditional mating rights of courtship. This can give you with some incredible photo opportunities.
What about where you place things in the photo? Wild life photography, like any portraiture, is best complete with a balance of negative space and positive breathing space surrounding your animal. if an animal is looking into the distance for instance, make certain you give the animal space in front of it to “look into”. This works properly for most wildlife.
Apply these wildlife photography suggestions by going to the zoo. Practice on a variety of animals until you are sure to go to the next step- the wild. Good luck and happy shooting!
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