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Top Tips In Perfecting Your Wildlife Photography

While you may have been crowned champ in mastering other segments of the photography world, wildlife photography is one of the toughest genres to master. You may be the best at portraits and capturing light, but working with fast, moving animals is a whole new kettle of fish.

You must be highly skilled, patient and think technically about the structure, exposure and composition before you go out hunting with your camera.

Know Your Instruments

Wildlife photography can be tricky so we would firstly recommend getting to grips with your camera and understanding all of the features that are displayed. We would prescribe a camera that has DSLR; these cameras are mirrorless and will be more beneficial when trying to capture moving wildlife. The quality is sharpened and will give you the ability to shoot raw and natural photos while still having a clear and crisp quality to them.

DSLR cameras are renowned for their focus, momentum and uninterrupted shots, giving you more of a chance to get the perfect moment caught on camera. You don’t have to be tied into carrying lots of heavy baggage and equipment around with you like you would have used to. Just a few key essentials that will help create high-quality images; a memory card, stout tripod, and reliable pair of binoculars is all we would say you need.

Clothing and Disguise

Think carefully about the wardrobe decision you make. Comfort and subtlety come hand in hand in this game, which you need to be on top of before venturing out there and taking shots. Try and stick to dark, beige and easily-camouflaged clothes that will help you blend in. This sort of outfit will help avoid scaring the wildlife off with bright colours or reflections.

Have Patience

Some of the best wildlife photographers will wait up until the sunrises. By its nature, wildlife photography is a big waiting game, so you should expect trial and error with room for failure, as you’re not always going to be lucky getting a great shot. Waking up before dawn to create these amazing shots and experience the wildlife in its most active moments of the day would be best. Early morning and late afternoon would be the best times to try.

Framing and Timing

Timing is your best friend when it comes to wildlife photography – certain hours of the day, as well as certain seasons, will significantly affect what you capture. Spring is breeding season, and with new life beginning, the shots possible have great potential. Autumn and winter also allow you to capture certain species that only appear during the colder months. Framing a photo can be just as important for creating an amazing picture. It can make all the difference of taking a bad photo and enhancing a great shot.


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