Wildlife Pictures – Tips for Successful Wildlife Photography

Dan Eitreim

May 18, 2015

Wild life pictures are of interest to all ages. If you intend to photograph wild life here are a few pointers:

* Retake the shot if you haven’t caught the eyes of the subject satisfactorily. People naturally focus on the eyes for expression. As far as possible, try to aim for a good eye shot.

* Telephoto lenses – great for wildlife pictures. As you’re dealing with wildlife, expect them to be wary and shy. Don’t get up too close (100 yards away) or else you’ll frighten the animal. When animals are comfortable in their natural setting, it is easier to capture their natural behaviour. Telephoto lenses are very useful because you can make it look as though you’re taking pictures in the wild and not perhaps a zoo. A telephoto lens allows you to picture the animal without fences by simply using 100mm of the lens combined with wide aperture. This is possible if the fence is dark in colour, but if it is semi reflective or grey it might not.

* A wide aperture assists in improving photos. When aiming at portrait shots of animals, use a wide aperture. In this way you can blur out the busy background and focus on the animal itself. Adjusting the aperture settings will also affect the shutter speed. Animals are usually more active early in the morning and late at night. If you are able to properly adjust aperture and shutter speed, you can get excellent shots.

* To show or stop an action, you must adjust the shutter speed properly. Taking pictures of animals in motion can be tricky and you need to act quickly. Freezing the animals in motion, shooting at 1/500 is quite a problem and it will depend on the available light. If you’re using a digital camera, you need to adjust the ISO. By adjusting it, the sensor will become light sensitive and the shutter speed will be boosted at the same time. The shutter speed should be set at +-1/8. Focus your shot on the eyes. Take the shot steadily. Make sure that the background is simple and not cluttered. This should ensure that the subject will be prominent.

* Using flash. Even if you’re taking pictures in broad daylight, use the camera flash because it minimises the shadows. Animals can be alarmed by the flash so be extra careful. Never use a flash behind a glass or else your shot will be ruined. With the glass reflecting the flash, you’ll end up with a white picture.

* Try to take the picture at the perfect time and during the best light conditions possible. Wildlife photographs are best taken when the sky is cloudy. Clouds will diffuse sunlight and so it can eliminate shadows. Bear in mind the lower light levels and that you will need to adjust the shutter speed and ISO settings to get sharp and frozen actions in your images.

* Framing the shots on your computer can work wonders with your photos. If you’re not satisfied with the final output of the images, you can improve them on your computer by using the right editing software. Cropping allows you to cut the photos as you wish; if you learn about this technique you can easily frame the photos.

* Don’t take pictures closing one eye. Keep your eyes are open so you don’t miss a shot.

* Anticipate the behaviour of the animal. If you can do this you should be able to capture extraordinary moments. Be on the alert so that if the perfect moment arrives you will be all set for it.

* Always have a tripod with you so that you can mount the camera on it to keep it steady while shooting.

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