Wildlife Photography – tips and techniques
On April 30th, 2018
Wildlife photography is a rare passion! You either have it or you don’t! Photography is a hobby for many but wildlife photography is a different genre altogether. And if you are one of those few who have this deep passion for wildlife kindled in their hearts, then the Indian forests are nothing short of dream destinations for you! Wildlife photography enthusiasts are well aware of the most important factor in getting the best shot – patience. With wild animals, there is no expecting perfect poses or timings or good lighting at your will; all you can do is wait for the right moment! And when that moment arrives, you sure need to be ready to capture it in the best way possible.
So here are some tips, which have been put together by referring to several great wildlife photographers that you may find useful!
1. Patience is the key
The need for patience cannot be reiterated enough throughout this blog! It is key. You have to be prepared to wait, wait and wait for your right shot and there is no way around it when it comes to wildlife photography. But here’s the catch! The longer you spend with the animal, the more you know about their habits and routine and over time, you will be able to predict when and how to get the best shot! Saves time, the next time!
2. Get familiar with your camera
Read the manual thoroughly, play around clicking pictures during leisure time and keep practicing with your camera. Because, it is very important to intuitively use your camera and all its settings must literally be at your fingertips! All great moments in wildlife last only for seconds and you may miss out on a great picture simply fiddling with the settings if you are not “ready”. So know the nitty gritties like minimum shutter speed, focus modes and focus points, ISO settings, etc. well before you are actually out in the field clicking!
3. Check the weather out beforehand
Before you land up under heavy showers with all you expensive gear, it is always best to check the weather forecast in the region and pack necessary items to protect yourself and your gear. For example, waterproof lens covers or rain covers or a small tent.
4. Supports for the heavy lenses
When carrying long lenses like the 600mm lens, tripods are a necessity to mount the lens. The longer the lens, the more it is prone to camera movement and shaking causing pictures to get blurred. So don’t forget to carry a tripod or a stand to support the lens when photographing.
5. Use different lenses for different purposes
Read up about the variety of lenses available today ranging from macro lenses to photograph tiny insects to wide-angle lenses to really long lenses to telephoto lenses! There is a wide range of lenses to suit different kinds of wildlife photography – including waterproof cameras for underwater wildlife shoot! So invest in good lenses to go with your camera for great wildlife shots!
6. The binoculars come handy
Keep a lookout for the animals well before they come within range by using binoculars. Also, there may be pretty birds around which you may otherwise be missing out on. Moreover, sometimes binoculars also come in very handy in photographing animals far away, even outside the maximum optical zoom of the lens or camera.
7. Take your pictures at eye level
Pictures come out really well when you take them “eye-to-eye”! You need to be at the subject’s eye level as it totally takes the picture to another level!
8. The “rule of thirds”!
A great way of improving your pictures is by following the pretty famous “rule of thirds” vouched for by many wildlife photographers. In simple words, split your image into grids such that there are nine sections of the image you are going to take (tip: you can also practically do this using camera settings on the screen). Now position your subject so that they lie on the intersection of these lines while clicking the final picture. Such a position of the subject in the picture is supposed to be pleasing to human eye and make your pictures better!
9. And the lights!
Photography is purely a play of lights – no two ways about that! All photographers stick by the absolute need for good natural lighting while clicking good pictures. So when you are planning for your session, make sure it is the right time of the day, not too bright or too dark. But yes, all of this is subject to how you want your pictures to look! Sometimes the brightness may be great or the dull diffused sunlight from underneath the clouds may be all that you want!
Wildlife photography is a great hobby and is an absolute pleasure to be amidst wildlife! There are great spots around Central India like Pench National Park that is always sought out by good wildlife photographers for their sessions. Some resorts like Village Machaan Resorts also have special packages for wildlife photography making sure all the arrangements you need are taken care of! These include your transit from Nagpur, accommodation, meals, jungle safaris, workshops on wildlife photography and more! So make your bookings soon! Happy Clicking!
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