All over the world, there are people that enjoy the thrill associated with wildlife photography.
Wildlife photography is very challenging, but the challenge is what draws people to it.
You need to hone your shot-taking skills and improve your knowledge of diverse wildlife to be good at wildlife photography. A good camera is never enough!
Let’s look at five key tips that will aid you in your quest to become the best wildlife photographer ever. That’s if you’re not content with simple animal snapshots.
- Get A Quality Camera And Lens
You can never go wrong with a quality camera. However, you do not only need a quality camera, but you also need to know how to work one with a quality lens. It is important not to see your camera as just another piece of technology. The camera should be an extension of your arm, and you need to treat it as such. The lens you use is also very useful to capturing different emotions of wildlife such as telephoto, macro, and even wide-angle.
You also need to be flexible with your camera since the subject will not sit there all day, waiting for you to click some shots. Once you get a quality camera, practice as much as possible so that you become one with your camera. After all, practice makes perfect.
- Be Patient
Patience, as they say, is a virtue, and lack of patience can cost you a good shot or even get you no shot at all. Wildlife creatures are unpredictable, so it is important that your patience does not wear thin in a short amount of time.
Your attempt to click the shot of the decade should not have an expiry date because the perfect opportunity might show up when you least expect. You need to be able to wait for hours, days, even weeks if it means finally getting the perfect shot.
- Know Your Wildlife
If you are trying to capture wildlife, you need to know everything about them. Do not enter the wild with zero knowledge about animals! For example, if you are trying to capture different bird species, you need to find out where birds live. That way, you will not waste time moving about.
- Respect the Wild
You should know the importance of not disturbing or hurting animals you encounter on your photography journey. Your safety, as well as the animals’ safety, depends on all the knowledge you have gathered.
You know how the animals in your location behave, how they feed, their territorial habits, and where you are likely to find them, to avoid accidental encounters. Your knowledge is your guide, so learn about different wildlife species before journeying into the wild. Do not break wildlife rules and regulations for any reason.
- Field Depth Is Your Friend
Whenever you are out taking wildlife shots, make sure to experiment with different field depths. You can pair the bokeh effect with continuous autofocus to create unique shots. You can place objects between your lens and the subject to create a shot with great depth and blurred foreground.
You should also try to get as close as possible to the animal you plan to capture to get the animal perfectly in focus. This will produce an image with the background entirely out of focus.