Pictures of wild animals can create stunning images. There’s a reason why wildlife photography sells so well – the animal world is fascinating! Want patience, practice and a little knowledge to shoot great wildlife photos. Here are my top tips for wildlife photography.
- Be patient! It takes time to learn wild animal habits, and you can’t expect to shoot a great picture the first time you try. Prepare to spend time analyzing the behavior of the wildlife you want to photograph for a few days or for photos before you plan to shoot the photographs.
- Find a good practice topic. No matter where you live, you will be forced to be a certain bird or animal that often pops up in the backyard of your home or in local parks. In the UK, where I live, I have lots of foxes in my back garden, and I use them to practice their formation and framing techniques. Since these animals are used to being around humans, they may not shine as wildly as animals, allowing you to take more time to set up shots and have time to test.
- Get closer to your subject. If you want to capture wildlife you need to invest in a decent telephoto lens. I started with a Canon 70-300mm, but I eventually upgraded from Canon’s 100-400mm L lens. Wild animals are obviously quite embarrassing, and with a telephoto lens, you can zoom them in without the need to be too close. If you have problems in this area, consider animals shot in parks, where cars should be more comfortable than animals with cars and people. You have a pod to stabilize long-lasting lensesTo be used (a bonbag with a three-dimensional screw in it). (Many telephoto lenses come with trapped screw attachments.) If you want to stay on foot, be prepared to stay down and crawl, as uncomfortable as possible.
- Use a fast shutter speed . Many wild animals grow fast, and their freezing of action requires a fast shutter speed. A faster shutter speed will help prevent the camera from shaking, too. An old rule is that your shutter speed should always be the same or higher than your focal length, at least when shooting with a telephoto lens. So, if you are shooting at 300mm, you want to reduce the shift speed to 1/300th of a second. To freeze something like a bird, though, you need even a faster shutter speed, maybe 1 / 1000th or faster
- Respect your subject. Wild animals can be extremely dangerous, and you need to be aware of any warning signs of what you are showing. For example, when I was working on a nature conservation in Africa, I quickly learned that rhinos would make a noise at the same time, but because of their very low vision, you can usually easily step on them! You should always respect a wild animal, try to stay as obscure as possible, to keep both you and the animal safe.
- “Golden Hour.” You can undoubtedly make more interesting shots if you shoot in the evening or early morning, as it is when the animals are hunting or feeding. In addition, if you shoot at dusk, you may be able to capture shots of luminous animals, just as they begin to emerge. The light at this time of day is also softer and more colorful.
- Use a small depth of field to make an individual animal stand to experiment with your aperture or when zooming into the animal’s mouth. As a result, if you try a large depth field to add pain to the drying of stunning landscape animals.
- Look into the eyes of animals. Finally, if you’re shooting a closeup of a personal animal, always focus on the eyes. Adjust your F-points manually, if necessary, to ensure that the eyes are extremely sharp. That’s what makes the difference between a lucky snapshot and a skilled photograph.