A lot of photographers are becoming more interested in wildlife photography due to the limitless possibilities it provides. This is especially true with those who live in parts of the world that are home to some amazing creatures and for those who are on vacation in these nations. You may already be familiar with some of these tips, but these are a few things which can help you take better wildlife photos the next time you come face to face with one of the planet’s most fascinating animals.
1. Know your camera inside out
You just never know when an animal’s going to stop long enough to “pose” for a photo. This means you may only have a few seconds to take the photo. Make sure everything is ready and you don’t have to fiddle around with the settings on the camera. It’s also important to have the right lens installed or ready to go. You need to know the shutter speed to use to capture a sharp image as well as the ISO and aperture. If you can adjust your camera as quickly as possible you’ll have a better chance at capturing the image.
2. Knowing the subject
If you’re taking shots of well-known animals you’ll probably have a good idea how they usually behave. It’s also important to know which ones could be dangerous. When seeing a strange animal for the first time you should always assume that it can be harmful and be careful by taking the photos at a distance. If you’re familiar with the creature you may want to spend some time observing it to see if it will act naturally. For example, if you come across a kangaroo, you may need to wait a bit to see if you can capture it hopping.
3. Be Creative
Many photographers live by rules, such as the rule of thirds etc. however, feel free to break the rules if you’d like. Experiment with angles and depth of field. You don’t really want your images to look like everybody else’s. Eye contact is always good in wildlife photography, but the animal may be too busy concentrating on something else to notice you. For example, you may want to catch a bear fishing for salmon.
Nobody can control the natural light that’s available to you so the best thing to do is work with what you’ve got and take advantage of it. If the sun happens to be coming from the wrong direction you can try to change positions. If this isn’t possible then don’t be afraid, take the shots anyway since the light can create mood and atmosphere in your images when it’s not in the ideal position.
5. Capture the environment
You need a good zoom lens to take wildlife photography, but this doesn’t mean you always have to zoom in so close to fill the frame with the animal. When doing this, you just see the animal only and the shot could have been taken at the zoo. For instance, if there are monkeys swinging from the trees, it’s a lot better to see the trees as well, not just the monkey. This way viewers can see that the animals are in their natural environment.
6. Take group shots
If there are several animals around, it’s always fun to see how they interact with each other. They could end up in a playful wrestling match or you may see a mother taking care of her young etc. Capturing a group of animals always makes for an interesting shot.
Keep these tips in mind to capture wicked wildlife photos. Get the most out of your pictures by turning them into cards. With PrintRunner custom postcards, you’re assured to get prints that are good as photos.