It is not true that wildlife photography is just for experts. There are beginners or amateurs who are capable of shooting excellent wildlife photographs. Typically, photographers new to wildlife or animal photography shoot normal quality photos because they fail to align technical skills with creativity and furthermore, lack the adequate knowledge over what kind of equipment and camera to bring for wildlife photography. Here we will share some animal photography tips that could assist you to gain proficiency in this challenging yet imaginative branch of photography.
1. Know Your Equipment
Ensure that you are familiar with your gear. That is why know your camera accessories and settings, so that you will be ready and use it effectively. There will be no trifling with buttons and dials or stands when you can get a thrilling wildlife moment in front of your eyes. For example, with the right arrangement, the lens and camera are balanced and requires no effort to grasp during shooting sessions that often last few hours. Since you are attempting to shoot a moving subject which is unpredictable, it is vital to have an accurate and fast focus system.
2. Familiar yourself with the character
No matter which animal you are trying to shoot, find out about it. Sit and watch their movements. Do not think that you can just spot them and capture the perfect photo in five minutes and leave. That is not animal photography. No matter how well you know your gear if you do not know your character, there is no point in all the hard work. For example, if you are going to shoot birds, find out the time when the parent brings food for the babies in the nest. That is the best time to click a photo. You will be capable of obtaining outstanding result if you can click photos at the right time and the correct moment.
3. Wait for Suitable Light
The best photographers are those that captures photographs in incredible action, invoked a sentiment by the observer or have a delightful feel and mood to it. A way to create feel and mood in a picture is to use suitable light, the amount of light that you see in the first or last hours of sunlight. The reason is because the light is gold and will let you capture nice photographs of wildlife.
4. Be close to the character
You might have seen photos of wildlife where the animals were far away. How did that look to you? Were you even able to spot the animals? You cannot crop them later to make them look close to you. That will ruin the quality and make them pixelated. Utilize wide lens and be close to the subject whatever it is an eagle, leopard or an ostrich.
5. Get the proper environment
I know that you are not shooting inside a studio and you cannot get the background you want but at least try to make it look nice. The background is important. It should not be distracting so that people can focus on the subject. Also, the weather plays a crucial role in animal photography. Using flash will scare the animals so do not use it. Rather get the perfect environment where the light, weather, and background is perfect and you can shoot.
Be patient because it takes time to get the perfect photographs before you can call yourself an expert at animal photography. These tips will help you become one very quickly.