Being able to get the perfect picture to boast about is every photographer’s dream. Wild life photography is no different, and maybe that desire is stronger given the content. Wild life is hard to photograph as wild animals seldom do what you want or expect – it is a far cry from telling the family dog to sit and stay! But if you have the patience, wild life photography will be hugely rewarding and satisfying. After time and practice you will learn what type of pictures you prefer, but in the beginning it helps to play with everything to help you find your stride.
Environmental portraits are a good place to start your wildlife photography journey. These are wide-angle shots of your subject in its habitat. It’s designed to give an overview of the environmental aspects. These are also nice to start with, as they do not require a huge amount of equipment, technical skill or knowledge of your subject. While this may not seem hugely exciting to start, if you master this you can tell amazing stories by well taken environmental portraits.
Full Body Portraits
Full body portraits differ from environmental portraits in that they do not capture much of the surrounding area. This draws your attention directly to the subject and allows you to see details of the animal closely – the shape of the body, the patterns on coats, reasons that this particular animal captured your attention.
Close Up Portraits
Close-ups or frame-filling portraits speak to the emotions and are maybe the hardest to capture perfectly. Aim to make eye contact with your subject to help make a connection – an animal staring straight into your viewfinder is a powerful image. The best way to practise this type of photography is to go somewhere where the animals are more used to seeing people.