How To Take Awesome Wildlife Pictures

How To Take Awesome Wildlife Pictures

Let’s say you watched a National Geographic special on wildlife and want to try your luck. What should you do? Here are some tips on wildlife photography that will turn you into a pro!

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1) Find animals

It may seem obvious, but the first step is to find some wildlife: you can go to National Parks, check some forums or consult with specialists. With wildlife, it’s important to be patient. Take your car and drive around with eyes wide open; if possible, visit the same place several times, as you may find different animals depending on the weather or time of year.


2) Be patient

Animals usually have programmed circuits around food, water, and rest spots. Study their behavior and try to guess where they’ll go next. Instead of approaching them (they may get scared easily!), you want to stand close to some food or water source and allow them to approach you.


3) Take steady shots

Since wildlife pictures involve large zooms, you want to take steady shots. If possible, take a tripod with you. If you don’t have one, you can lean against a tree or use a friend’s shoulder.


4) Don’t forget the weather

If it’s too windy, your shutter speed should be faster. Feathers, hair and leafs will move a lot in windy conditions so your pictures may look blurry. A fast shutter speed is the best way to avoid it.


5) Get the eyes

If you can’t see the animal’s eyes, the picture is not worthy. Wait for the animal to turn its head and look in your direction: the eyes are the key to capturing emotions.


6) Use hard light

In order to capture the essence of the animals, you want the light to be behind you. This way, you’ll get blue skies and illuminated animals. The best time to take pictures is the golden hour (after sunrise and before sunset).


7) Always be ready

You may have to wait for several minutes for a bird to fly by, and you’ll only get a couple of seconds to take your picture. Set your camera to take an action shot while you wait:
• Shutter Priority
• 1/2000th sec
• Auto-ISO
• All AF points enabled
• Continuous AF
• Continuous shutter
• Pre-focus where you think the animal will be


Beach Photos: People, Scenery and Other Subjects

Beach Photos can be particularly rewarding since there are so many interesting things to photograph. Sand formations along with shells and sea life are fascinating subjects. You’ll never run short of things to photograph. Before you start you should find an interesting subject and compose your composition around that subject. The following are some of the things you can arrange your composition around.

There are a variety of birds to shoot. Also investigate captured water pools for signs of wildlife. You probably will find small creatures that will make interesting subjects. Any driftwood you find will be crafted into the most intriguing shapes and make good shots.

Beach Photos: Even Debris Presents Interesting Subjects

There is other debris that will be washed up on the beach that can make a good subject. You can also find man-made items that tell a story. The action of light-bleaching, sand abrasion, and the effects caused by sea life can change a mundane object into a fascinating study.

Rocks are good subjects as well. They will be polished and acted upon by the sea in interesting ways. Each rock has a distinctive appearance. You can also photograph rocks lying on the beach or in jetties or on cliffs. Rocks often create pools that in themselves make good subjects.

Sand and Water make Unusual Patterns

You will have no problem in finding sand at the beach to photograph. There will be the most interesting patterns created by the water running in and then rushing out. Creatures make tracks in the sand. People on the beach make footprints in the sand. Patterns in the sand can tell a story.

Don’t forget the water. There will be waves, small created streams, and peaceful pools that shots can be composed around. Man-made objects also make for good shots. Beach huts, fishing boats, and piers make good subjects. The action of the sea, sun, and time give these items a lot of character. Even a battered boat makes a good subject.

Good Compositon is a Must on Wide-open Beaches

When you shoot on the beach resist the temptation to just point and shoot. The photographs will be dull. Composition on the beach is as important as in other areas. Look for a composition that will guide the viewer to look at your subject. This can be accomplished by putting something interesting in the foreground or find a line to guide the viewer’s eye.

When you are shooting a beach photo of the sand, sea, and water be aware of the horizon. The horizon should be level and never in the dead center of the photo. The horizon should also be straight. These considerations will make for a more balanced and natural looking shot.

Your Camera and Equipment

Use a polarizing filter at the beach. Such a filter will do wonders. Colors will be more intense. A polarizing filter can take the glare off of water, and give a new look to the scene. The blue of the sky and the color of the water take on amazing clarity.

Sand is highly reflective so use manual exposure. You will want to reduce exposure until the powerful lighting is tamed. Due to the brightness of midday it is better to shoot early or late to avoid harsh shadows and a lot of contrast. In areas of high contrast it will be impossible to shoot both the shadows and bright areas correctly. In this case decide which area is important and set your exposure accordingly.

When doing Beach Photos be mindful of the sand. Never place your camera on the sand. Use a safety strap to keep your camera from falling into the sand, and put it in a protective bag when it is not in use.