There are many wildlife photography tips I can share with you, but here are the most vital. It really does depend heavily on, not only light, but your timing and comprehension of the creature you are photographing and a whole lot of endurance. There are three things you need to remember: beautiful lighting, perfect timing and a sharp and clear telephoto lens.
I can recommend to a a small number of memory cards with you and make certain you can store up an obscene amount of data on them. And shoot in RAW. You will be able to get the best quality that way and be able to keep those shots for a generation. And expect to capture lots of images until you get the precise photo. It all comes down to homework.
Portraits can actually educate us about wildlife photography. How we order and structure our animal within the frame, focus on the eyes and body movement, and keep sharp focus on the eyes…these are all things we do in portraiture all the time and wildlife photography is no different.
Even if you get nothing else in focus, and you have the eyes nice and sharp, then you can get away with it. We naturally look at eyes, which is why this system works best and works perfectly. You may have noticed in the past that if the eyes are unclear in a head and shoulders shot, then we just don’t respond emotionally with the photo.
Your own individual safety is a huge factor. Never get too within walking distance to a wild creature if you can help it. This is why wildlife photographers use really lengthy lenses. They must be able to get as close up to what is going on as soon as possible without surprising the animal to their presence, or, put themselves in harms road. Many wild animals are tremendously protective and will act in response to you as a threat if they are scared. So be wise. Bring a long lens and stay out of sight.
Not only do we use a telephoto lens for this intention, but also for the idea of not wanting to scare the animal in any way. This is exceptionally accurate for birds. Birds are edgy little things at best. When a bird is sitting quietly on a tree branch waiting for a soul mate, you don’t want to make a noise through the scrub and risk it hurrying to another place.
Early evening and morning are by far the best times to photograph wild animals. They search for a meal and can be witnessed stalking, fighting and searching carefully. They may also come out of their sleeping spot, get ready for attracting a mate and start singing or performing the traditional mating rights of courtship. This can provide you with a number of incredible photo opportunities.
What about where you place things in the photo? Wild life photography, like any portraiture, is ideally complete with a balance of negative space and positive space surrounding your animal. if an animal is searching into the distance for example, make sure you give the animal breathing space in front of it to “look into”. This works properly for nearly all wildlife.
Apply these wildlife photography tips by going to the zoo. Photograph on a range of animals until you feel sure to move to the next step- the wild. Good luck and happy shooting!