Wildlife Photo Tips for Serious Photographers

wildlife photo tips

For a real challenge, consider photographing wild animals while on vacation! If you could photograph wild animals in flight and get them really sharp, you could photograph almost all wildlife during a wildlife vacation because it’s VERY hard to do this usually!

Therefore before you go on a wildlife photo tips hunt, it would be wise for you to actually go through and practice before the actual trip. Practice what you are going to shoot. Get your camera ready and set the shutter speed and aperture before you leave home. Get familiar with the photography basics such as ISO, aperture, and light sensitivity. Learn how to use these properly and then you will feel confident enough to hit the shutter speed and aperture button!

The Right Angle

A brown cow standing on top of a snow covered field

If you want to have a very good chance of capturing a photograph that looks amazing, learn the correct way to position yourself for photographing wildlife. There are many positions that photographers should avoid, and one of these is to be standing directly in front of an animal. Don’t be tempted to just point the lens at it and start taking the shot. Something that many beginner wildlife photographers do is they start photographing the animal in front of them and as soon as they look back, they change the positioning to point at something else. Both photos look amazing, but if you don’t position yourself correctly, neither will the picture!

Extra Batteries

A close up of an animal

Another one of my wildlife photo tips is when photographing wild animals and you have bad weather, make sure you are prepared. Bring extra batteries, extra memory cards, and make sure you have a back up phone or laptop in case of bad weather. If bad weather comes, you need to be able to at least take some shots. Remember, your camera is not only a camera, but it is a very expensive piece of equipment, so it pays to take good care of it.

Have The Right Distance

Wildlife photography is a very popular hobby, especially now that more people are seeing the beauty that can be found by photographing wild animals. The key to success when photographing wildlife is education. The more you know about the animals, the better. This will allow you to be a better listener during the photo shoot, allowing the photo shoot to flow naturally without you having to try and fill in the blanks. For example, if you see a deer in the distance, figure out where it’s at, what time, and what kind of conditions it’s in. Then you can write down those details and start photographing wild animals while they are in those conditions.

Set The Aperture

Some of my best wildlife photos have been taken with an aperture priority mode on my camera. I use the aperture settings to control the amount of light that the camera lets into the lens, so that everything is in focus. I usually start off with an ISO setting of a lower value (high) and then up the ISO speed and aperture until I get the settings that I want. I’ll then bring the ISO speed up to its highest point and use a very strong flash.

Another important wildlife photography tip is the type of camera that you should be using. A camera that has both a good manual focusing and automatic focus is ideal. Also, you’ll want a camera that has a good memory. Most good wildlife photographers keep at least three blank memory cards on hand so that they can quickly go back and take photos when the mood takes them. Some of my favorites have been SLRs for their wildlife photography, although I also use pocket cameras for some things.

Wrapping Up

One last tip for when you’re out in the field photographing wildlife: use a good pair of binoculars, preferably ranging from eight hundred meter to three hundred meter models. For good wildlife pictures, the optical zoom lenses are preferable, as are the fast shutter speeds. Wildlife are often in movement, so having the ability to have the shutter speed slow at night is important. And using the correct lenses will make all the difference in the world.

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