Wildlife pictures are of interest to all ages. If you intend to photograph wildlife here are a few pointers:
- Retake the shot if you haven’t caught the eyes of the subject satisfactorily. People naturally focus on the eyes for expression. As far as possible, try to aim for a good eye shot.
- Telephoto lenses – great for wildlife pictures. As you’re dealing with wildlife, expect them to be wary and shy. Don’t get up too close (100 yards away) or else you’ll frighten the animal. When animals are comfortable in their natural setting, it is easier to capture their natural behavior
- A wide aperture assists in improving photos. When aiming at portrait shots of animals, use a wide aperture. In this way, you can blur out the busy background and focus on the animal itself. Adjusting the aperture settings will also affect the shutter speed.
According to Daniel Mule, animals are usually more active early in the morning and late at night. If you are able to properly adjust aperture and shutter speed, you can get excellent shots.
Daniel Mule has always had an intense connect with the drama of nature. He is based in Brooklyn. After a stretch in the business world, he moved to New York, quit his day job and started making images full time. He studied Business & Communications at The University of Texas at Dallas and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2002. Daniel first recognized the extraordinary power of photography huddled in her school library, looking through iconic photographs.
- To show or stop an action, you must adjust the shutter speed properly. Taking pictures of animals in motion can be tricky and you need to act quickly. Freezing the animals in motion, shooting at 1/500 is quite a problem and it will depend on the available light. If you’re using a digital camera, you need to adjust the ISO.By adjusting it, the sensor will become light sensitive and the shutter speed will be boosted at the same time. The shutter speed should be set at +-1/8. Focus your shot on the eyes. Take the shot steadily. Make sure that the background is simple and not cluttered. This should ensure that the subject will be prominent.
- Using flash. Even if you’re taking pictures in broad daylight, use the camera flash because it minimizes the shadows. Animals can be alarmed by the flash so be extra careful. Never use a flash behind a glass or else your shot will be ruined. With the glass reflecting the flash, you’ll end up with a white picture. Click here to read more.