05 May 2009

10 Tips on Photographing Wildlife

As I have been involved in taking macro photography of the nature, I found that photographing wildlife and insects has its very own challenges. This is simply because wildlife, animal or even insect will never obey you and post for you until you get your short right.


Therefore you require certain skills and here are some tips on photographing wildlife that can help you to start with.

To get good shots of animals and birds, you will have to learn to be quick in setting up and framing your shots. Waiting until you get out in the wilderness to learn these tricks is not a good idea. What I found to be very helpful was practicing on any animal that you can find in your home, either be your cat or birds in your yard or local parks. You learn to anticipate their behavior and react fast to get the good shots.

Here are some key point tips on photographing wildlife

1. Practice make perfect, do lots of practice on moving object, especially on pan moving target. This allows you to take more dramatic photographs with a sense of speed.

2. Make sure your camera is ready for all occasion, especially wildlife photography. Have your battery fully charged, sufficient memory for lots of photos, and a well-cleaned lens.

3. Do some research on the area that you are going for photographing wildlife. Best to look out for the type of animals and birds that you are expected to find and their characteristic so that you know what to do when you see them. Also learn more about the environment and surrounding so that you have some idea how it will be and know what to prepare for.

4. Learn to be quite and steady when you move, so that any movement from your body won’t scare away those animals.

5. Be alert and observant on you surrounding. This may require some practice but once you get a hand on it. It should not be a problem. Any small movement, unusual movement or even smell will tip you off that an animal is present. Hiking with an awareness of your surroundings enhances your experience immeasurably.

6. Get telephoto lenses. When photographing wildlife, telephoto lenses can be very handy and is able to get you closer to the animal. With a telephoto lens, you come close to the animal from a distance without scaring it away.

7. When you photographing wildlife, make sure the focus is sharpest on their eyes.

8. Shoot small animals from a lower angle.

9. The best times of the day for viewing and photographing wildlife are early in the mornings and just before dark. This is when wildlife is usually most active and the light is the most dramatic

10. Try to keep the sun at your back so that the light falls directly on your subject.

The above 10 tips on photographing wildlife should able to get your started with. Again research your subject is important as it helps you to understand what you have to deal with and be prepare for it.

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