Top 3 Beginner Wildlife Photography Tips

3 Jan

Tips to be a better wildlife photographer

We know there are plenty of lists of photography tips out there to help you improve your wildlife photography and they are pretty much the same old story. So we asked the Pangolin Photo Hosts to come up with their own version specifically aimed at beginners wanting to get into wildlife photography. As with all our teaching, we like to keep it light and fun at the offset and we hope you enjoy our list. 카지노사이트

1. Know your camera gear before you travel

Believe it or not, we have clients arriving in Botswana sometimes with their cameras still in their original packaging and they can be found scouring the manual just before the game drive. This is such a waste.

Knowing your camera and how it works is an essential part of becoming a better wildlife photographer. You need to know where the buttons are and how they work or react to your inputs. You should be able to change a setting without your eye having to leave the viewfinder as that second or two not concentrating on your subject can ultimately be the difference between great shots and missed shots.

Even if you simply practice your photography skills on small birds in your garden or photograph the family pet you have to spend time with your camera in your hands. There are no shortcuts here.

We suggest figuring out five go-to shutter speed choices that will cover all of the situations that you might encounter on a photo safari. You can read more on that in our shutter speed tips for wildlife photography here.

You need to understand exposure settings and know which mode you are going to shoot on whether that is Aperture or Shutter priority or perhaps even full Manual mode – and stick with it.

1.1 Our shutter speed golden rule!

Our golden rule for the right fast shutter speed is that the shutter speed should be twice the focal length as a minimum if you are handholding. If you are using a sturdy tripod for example this can be slowed down….but not too much.

If you are shooting with a 400mm lens on full zoom your shutter speed should be 1/800s as a minimum. A faster shutter speed is always best but this is the minimum.

2. Location

Every wildlife photography destination is different. Is the area that you are going to photograph forested or are you going to the vast open plains of the Masai Mara? Which different animals are you likely to see? What seasonal weather patterns could affect your nature photography ambitions?

A simple way to get an idea of what to expect is a Google image search. Type in where you are going and scan through the great images taken there. Maybe search through websites like 500px, National Geographic, Natural History Museum and even our own galleries (see photo hub above!).

Then talk to the experts. If you are wanting 바카라사이트 to travel on a safari then speak to a safari operator that specialises in wildlife photography. Lots of flashy safari websites will have a section on wildlife photography safaris but often these are just standard safaris, at their preferred suppliers dressed up as a photo safari because one destination has a photographic hide for example.

Tell them what you want to see and photograph and any photo safari operator worth their salt will give you their honest opinion as to where, when and how you can make that happen. The reputation of a photo safari operator relies solely on this information and not convincing you to go on any old safari just because it might be more profitable for them.

3. Golden light is important…but not essential

Light is obviously a very important factor in wildlife photography and much is made of the so-called “Golden hours” or golden moment – the hour just after sunrise and just before sunset.

This doesn’t mean though that you should just put down your camera and give up for the day. Even in a harsher light, there are photographs to get and techniques to employ such as dramatic over and underexposing your images for low and high key shots. 온라인카지

In Africa, people are often nervous about going on safari during the rainy seasons as they think it will be just grey and miserable with bad light but that’s just not the case. Overcast conditions have the effect of diffusing the harsh African sun meaning that you can shoot for more hours in the day before excessive shadows wreak havoc on your light metering… we think that cloudy skies make for more interesting backdrops to landscapes than just clear blue!

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