Once you have played around a bit with styles, angles and your equipment, and feel you are reasonably confident in what you are achieving, you can then take it to the next level and start to manipulate the final outcome in your photographs. This comes down to knowing your subject and playing to the best advantages. With technology today, lighting and effects can be manipulated – that is not to say ignore the rules entirely, but sometimes it is much more about the content of your image than the technical accuracy.
Be Alert And Prepared
Anyone who has spent any time in nature is aware that it is never as it seems. And your subject may often be unwilling to be photographed. A sleeping wildcat can leap up in seconds, herds of impala and buffalo can stampede at any given moments, and birds are seldom still for any period of time. By being alert and prepared you will be able to capture animal behaviour at its best.
Two Is Company
One animal on its own is perfect for wide angle environmental shots, and portrait pictures. The minute you add a second animal into the mix, your chances of getting an action shot increase exponentially. Regardless of whether the same or different species, if you are patient and hang around long enough, interaction is bound to happen. Just by spending more time in nature you increase your chances of knowing when and where your money shot will come from.
Learn to Edit
As mentioned above, technology has come a long way when it comes to editing images. Basic editing can help you zoom in and manipulate lighting without compromising the integrity of your images. While you may feel this cheating slightly, the reality is that getting perfect lighting and content at the same time is often not possible- basic editing just eases this.