Photography 103: Wildlife Photography Tips and Techniques
A lot of people don’t want to study any wildlife photography tips for beginners as they think only a good camera is enough for getting started. But after some practical experience they just become crazy on maintaining rules and camera settings. And after a series of consecutive embarrassment finally they start looking for the tips & finally sort the most important tips among all.
We know it’s boring to search & sort tips for different blogs and websites. And that’s why for every beginners we’ve sorted the best 7 tips those can boost up your wildlife photography performance. You don’t need to take big hassles. Rather you just need have a suitable digital slr camera, check the tips & apply on your action. That will be more than enough.
Be an Early Riser
Animals don’t use Facebook & they have no necessity to be awaken in night. So, they sleep & rise early. It was just a joke by the way, but don’t take it lightly. Because according to a study the most beautiful wildlife photos were taken within 1-2 hours after the sunrise. There are two reasons: one is the light which seems really awesome in morning & another is the environment which remains very cool that time.
Take Your Position
Take a position from where you can take your photo as much as eye level position from the object. From the ground don’t try to take photos of the object standing above hill & from the hill don’t target the ground. In a similar manner don’t shoot a small creature of the ground, from your standing position. So, in a nutshell the main goal of your taking position will be keeping your lens straight to the middle of the object & then press the shoot button.
Compose Your Own Canvas
So, now it’s time for composition. And to compose an eye soothing ambiance the first criteria is avoiding busy backgrounds. Busy background refers the background which contains distracting elements which may draw your eyes away from the primary object. After fixing your background now focus your object from the same height or level.
Here is another tip. If you fixed a focal distance & get perfect setting but you can’t reach your composition properly, then don’t change the zoom or setting. Rather change your position or direction of the camera & make balance to the object with same composition. It may seem a little awkward to read, but when you’ll shoot on field you’ll see how useful this simple trick is.
Stay above the Animal
A lot of photographers try to follow running animals & capture them from behind. It may be okay for landscape photography based on wildlife. But if you are targeting primarily for focusing wildlife then capturing them from behind is really a bad idea. You must remember a strong eye contact is the strongest communication medium for viewer to the object. And that’s why target the eyes of animals or insects so that when someone watches your photo, he or she feel that the animal or insect is also looking him/her. This thing will make your photo live & real.
Maintain Distance from the Animal
Don’t try to be closer for taking photos because the more closure you’ll be to an animal the more distracted it’ll be. And if you go more closure then it may escape. And since when you move straight to the animal it’ll escapes for sure, so pretend to ignore the animals and take a zigzag path to get closer to the animal. And when you get your range, start waiting for the perfect moment of hunting, eating or any other you targeted.
Keep the Sun & Wind Behind
Wind is always a big source of noise mainly because of its vibration & also for the sands & other elements of it. So, try to avoid the direct wind to your lens. Besides, don’t forget to on your stabilizer option. Another factor is the sun light. It can create a wide variation of spectrum on your photo that can create a mass distraction. Even sometimes sunlight becomes the key object than wildlife which changes the total genre of your wildlife photo to a meaningless landscape.
So use the sun as your flash. Try to keep the sun in such a position where it’ll illuminate your object. Then take a position between the wind and animal where wind flows towards the objects, not towards you. And if you get this perfect position then you need not to edit your photo in computer a lot which will make your photo more natural.
Take Continuous Snaps
Use your burst image option as most of the time animals are moving objects & within a moment the whole photo environment can change. So, if you take at least 5 continuous photos, the possibility of getting more accurate & variant photo will be increased. Even many photographers intended to take a snap & after taking burst image they found more beautiful photos in burst series.
But keep remember you’ve memory limitations, camera issue & other thinks to think. So, don’t take more than 5 images because more images will make you busy for more time. And as more time you’ll be busy in one frame, as the chance of missing other frames will increase. That’s why take continuous shots, but be aware of where you’ve to stop & switch.
Since in many cases it’s a part of travel photography, but wildlife photography itself is a big branch of photography for the wide variation of objects. Millions are researches were done on it. And if you want a practical example we’ll just give you the example of national geography & discovery channel. Just keep your eyes on those channel. You can see by yourself how big this industry is. So, don’t think too much & just start capturing the life of beautiful creatures.