Wildlife photography can transport the viewer to the plains of Africa, the Jungles of South America or the misty moors of Europe. If done well, you can almost hear the thundering of hooves; smell the damp and the rotting vegetation, or feel the wet chill in the air. If you are thinking of taking up wildlife photography, or have already started experimenting, here are a few more tips on how to improve your photographs.
Knowing Your Equipment
Knowing when to change and adjust settings on your camera and lenses will help avoid missing those fast-paced moments when shooting wildlife photography. In nature, when things happen they happen quickly and if you know your equipment and are able to make adjustments without looking up from the viewfinder this will enable you to capture these beautiful moments. Make sure you are familiar with your shutter speeds, and points of focus, as well as which lenses work best at what distances.
Knowing Your Subject
Wildlife seldom reacts the way you expect it to in a situation, so learn about what you are shooting. Learn to look for poses and behaviour that could herald a game, a chase or welcoming of others. Also, learn to look for good opportunities within a species – a good opportunity does not always mean a good picture, and a sometimes the content of a picture beats a technically accurate image.
Have Patience, But Enjoy It
Being patient is one of the key factors in wildlife photography-this falls in line with knowing your subject. If you are always in a hurry to move on, you might miss a golden opportunity and be left fumbling. At the same time, make sure you are aware and enjoying the situation without focusing solely on whether you are lined up for the perfect shot.