How to Become a Great Wildlife Photographer
If you are looking for a fun and unique form of photography, then wildlife photography might be the right one for you. Wildlife photography entails going through some challenges and adventure in order to get the perfect wildlife shots that can make the viewers gasp in awe.
Wild life photography is not for the weak at heart, it is suitable for someone who is not afraid of seeing or having an encounter with some animals in the forest or in a desolate location. It doesn’t mean though that you will need to get near these animals, you can take pictures even from afar with the help of your photography equipment. It is also important to follow safety precautions to ensure that you are safe and protected.
As wildlife photographer, you are tasked to produce a striking or moving object that can make the viewers feel that they were transported to the exact location of the shoot. The viewers see the image like they are seeing the real animal, wildlife or whatever subject you have chosen. Wildlife photography also aims to open the eyes of viewer to the beauty of wildlife only some people might possible have seen in the actual. The wildlife photos can hopefully open their eyes to the importance of preserving wildlife for the benefit of everyone.
Wildlife photography may be challenging but it is definitely a rewarding. Nowadays, more and more photographers are getting interested in wildlife photography. If you are one of those who are attracted to wildlife photography, then here are some tips to help you become a good and eventually great wildlife photographer:
Set the camera right
Unlike more common forms of photography wherein you have control over the shoot and can give directions to your subject, in wildlife photography, there you cannot make manipulate scene or your subject. You will have to take advantage of your professional camera to get the shots you need.
It is important that you set your camera to continuous or burst shooting mode wherein you get a lot of shots in one click. This can give you a better chance of not missing any fleeing moment or moving subject. You need to bring more memory cards and spare batteries though for it might take more space than the usual. You should also consider bringing a telephoto zoom or standard zoom lens to capture images of your subject without having to go near it.
Do your homework
Research about your location, your subject and everything related to your planned photo shoot. You need to know what dangers might be lurking ahead, what shots you can possible get so you can bring the right lenses and accessories and what are the things you need to prepare or bring. You will try to capture your subject in its own habitat so you need to get the real facts so you will know how to best handle your subject.
Be mindful of the weather and availability of light
Like in all other forms of photography, the availability of light or lack of it can affect your captured images. You need to have the sufficient light which if possible comes from the sun. The natural light from the sun is no doubt the best source of light in photography and the best times to capture images outdoors are early morning and late afternoon.
With wildlife photography, the availability of light will vary by location and so it is important for you to learn early what times are best to shoot in that specific location. It is also great if you ask weather sources on what the expected weather is at your desired schedule of shoot. Knowing the weather can help you prepare on what to bring and how to protect yourself from possible bad weather.
Our photographer friend from SMH Photography is right in saying that no matter what form of photography you do, you need to always plan and prepare for each photo shoot so it will be always be a success.