Wildlife photography is one field of photography, which requires not only courage but a lot of skill and patience as well. Wildlife photography is of two different types-the one in which wildlife is separated from you by a wire mesh or any other obstruction and the one where no such obstruction exists.

Before setting out for the wild, there are certain points and instructions that you must remember and follow. But apart from these, you must keep in mind certain camera settings which will help you to click some wonderful shots. The following are some of the best camera settings for wildlife photography:

Camera Shooting Mode

Camera Shooting Mode

It is advisable to choose aperture priority mode when photographing those animals that are not moving and are at rest. Remember to use shutter priority mode in that case when animals are moving. Also you must be comfortable at changing between these two modes quickly so that you can adjust them according to need.

ISO Setting

Whatever available light that you have, you must always choose the lowest possible ISO setting to reduce noise as much as possible.

Auto Focus Point

Always choose a single auto focus point in the center of the frame while you go out for wildlife photography. What a single auto focus point does is that it lets the photography pin point your focus on the animal. This is especially more important when you are zooming in on the animals and taking their close up shots.

Drive Mode

While doing wildlife photography, it is always advisable to choose the continuous drive mode. What this mode helps wildlife photographers to do is that it enables them to click several shots in succession.


Whenever you set out for wildlife photography, it is always important to carry a tripod stand with you. A tripod stand or any other support makes sure that you get really sharp images and works really well in the case when you are shooting a herd of deer grazing for example.

Some Other Tips and Camera Settings

Although, it is advisable to keep the ISO setting low, but in some cases, you can experiment by increasing the ISO and then changing the shutter speed accordingly. When you are shooting fast moving subjects, then you might need a high shutter speed of as much as 1/1000th of a second or even higher to freeze the moment.


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