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7 Best Tips For Wildlife Photography For Beginners

If you’re one with nature and looking to dip your toe into the world of wildlife photography, here are a few of the best tips for it.

1. Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

This is a saying that is used everywhere regardless of what the profession may be, as it’s the only way to grow.

The further you step out of your comfort zone, the more the dimension and character of your photo will stick out.

Also, in order to get shots from positions of higher or lower altitude, the right lens is required. So remember to evaluate the lenses that already have your disposal and identify additional lenses that could benefit you.

2. Visualize Your Shot

You must be aware of what it is you want to take a picture of, the manner in which you want to do so aid you significantly in improving your photos. However, patience is a virtue.

In order to utilize lighting creatively and deliberately, you must position yourself in the position that’s ideal for capturing any movement or behavior you are able to foretell about your subject. This will help your odds of getting a shot like no other.

It may not be possible to predict the intentions of your subject nor is it possible for it to co-operate with you in your attempts to take the perfect shot. So a good tip is to envision the shot you want to take and then wait for the perfect timing.

3. Research Your Subject And Setting


You can almost predict what your subject will do if you have a good understanding of it. If you sense a storm coming and the wind blowing, odds are the behavior of your subject will be affected by the weather.

If your subject is a species of non-predatory animals for instance, that usually get preyed upon by predatory animals, it will depend on sound, i.e. the sound of its predators approaching like it depend on sight and scent, so its movements and behaviors will most definitely be altered by a storm.

If you’re looking for unique, emotional clicks, this is the ideal setting for it. Your subjects’ ability to smell or hear a predator approaching can be eliminated by strong winds blowing, which is why animals of prey often stick to big open places in order for them to be able to see any threats at the very least.

And with the aid of the right lens, you could successfully manage a great shot in a storm setting.

You can make your job a lot easier if you have a familiar understanding of the location you’re planning to have your photoshoot in. You can even use the location’s history, historical landmarks, and features to your advantage if you’re familiar with them. This will aid you in managing a more profound-looking shot.

Knowing the vicinity properly additionally offers you a feel of nearby comfort, you need not fear getting lost as you’re already familiar with the settings. you also need not to hesitate to relocate for a better perspective due to the fact you know precisely where you are.

You’ll also have a better understanding of the weather and the effect it will have on the lighting as well as your subjects’ mannerisms if you have a familiarity with your location.

Temperature changes tend to occur during sundown and sunrise which in turn causes a shift in the wind. So keep that in mind if you’re shooting at the golden hours.

Wildlife must be approached from downwind. Cooler temperatures after a hot day’s sunset cause warm air to go up as well as out from river bottoms and canyons. This causes the swirling of winds along with changes of wind direction in order to go up and out. Keep all these in mind when approaching wildlife.

The weather pattern of a location differs from that of another. The location and time of year also affect how territorial animals are. However, you can use all that to your advantage by researching your subject, location, and weather.

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4. Keep An Eye On The Background

Although getting in the right spot for a perfect angle on the subject is already a tricky task, you must also pay heed to the background and make sure there is nothing that could take attention away from the subject.

The capability of manipulating your aperture will aid you significantly aid as if you can create a shorter field-depth and a nice blurry background with the help of a wider aperture. This will make the subject will stand out much.

5. Wider Lenses To Your Defenses

Not being able to get close enough to the subject for a preferable shot can be quite a pain. This is usually where the significance of filling the frame comes in; it helps you in capturing all details of the subject. However, what if you want to shoot wider? Well, that’s where you can seek the aid of wider lenses as they’ll aid you in incorporating the environment of a subject that you can’t get close to for obvious reasons.

6. Study The Factors

The focus isn’t the only factor that plays a part in what makes a great photo. Gaining a good understanding of all the factors will aid you significantly.

Some of the factors are such as:

  • Quality of the glass used in your lens
  • Diffraction ( aperture – f-number)
  • Shutter speed
  • Focus mode
  • So keep these in mind for a sharp-looking photo

7. Be Ethical

Don’t force your subject to do something all for the sake of a good shot. For instance, maybe your subject is a species of bird, don’t force it to fly just because you want a shot of it in-flight. As odd it sounds to bring this up, it’s something that some photographers do despite having been warned not to. Regardless of what form of mother nature’s blessing your subject may be, do not antagonize or do anything of the sort simply for that ‘spectacular’ shot.

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Zamkhanlian Tonsing writes poetry both as a hobby and a way to unwind, an outlet so to speak. He is currently pursuing B.A, majoring in Sociology. Music has always been something that intrigues him as it's also what drives him.

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