10 Essential Wildlife Photography Tips

Wildlife photography was reputed as one of the most challenging photography field. Aside from mixing with dangerous carnal, Wildlife Photography required high skills and knowledge in both theory and technical. There are some important things that you should concentrated on before starting your journey as Wildlife Photographer.

In this post, you will find out the most basic but useful tips that we have compiled from several experienced photographer which have been involved in this field for more than 5 years. Here are 10 Essential Wildlife Photography Tips and enjoy your readings!

1. Always Remember, Safety First!

Wildlife Photography Tips - Safety First
Original Image by Lennbob

Picture worth than thousands words. Yes, we could not disagree more but please don’t risk your life for that. You are not dealing with human or your pets anymore. Wildlife animal is dangerous and their reaction is unpredictable. Go in groups and remember that your safety always comes first!

2. Do Basic Research

Wildlife Photography Tips - Do Basic Research
Original Image by Kristin Earl

Different animal, different behavior. It is an excellent idea for you to have a basic understanding of your photography subjects. Get to know your subject by doing a basic research on the location, behavior and reaction.

3. Master Your Gear

Wildlife Photography Tips - Master Your Gear
Original Image by Aaron Nace

Wildlife is not a suitable place for you to start knowing and learning aperture, exposure etc. You need to master your camera and be ready for you wildlife journey. If you are new, it is advisable for you to spend some time and money attending few good courses for both theory and practical in camera handling.

4. Be Patient

Wildlife Photography Tips - Be Patient
Image by Barbara R Jones

In Wildlife Photography, you could not expect every hours is action time. You have to be in the right place and waits for a very long time to capture the perfect moment. Be patient, relax and enjoy your session.

5. Use Beanbag or Tripod as Stabilizer

Wildlife Photography Tips - Use Beanbag or Tripod as Stabilizer
Image by Gitzo S.A

You will need a stabilizer to keep your camera steady during your wildlife photography journey. There will be no convenient surface to keep your camera stable. A beanbag or tripod is essential for this.

6. Focus on the Eyes

Wildlife Photography Tips - Focus on the Eyes
Original Image by Mmnorthwoods

Eyes was the strength and life of the photograph. There is nothing important than to make sure that the eyes of your subject is sharp and in focus.

7. Create Depth of Field

Wildlife Photography Tips - Create Depth of Field
Original Image by Gitzo S.A

Create depth in your photograph by separating your subject from the background. Control depth by manipulating aperture, focal lens, and subject-background.

8. Create Active Space

Wildlife Photography Tips - Create Active Space
Original Image by John Dalkin

Leave some space in your photograph for the subject to move into when deciding your framing ideas. If the subject tend to move forward, then you should left some space forward. Refer picture above.

9. Capture Action

Wildlife Photography Tips -  Capture Action
Original Image by Stefan Kardos

Action will be considered as bonus in Wildlife Photography. You will need extra patience and hours to get your desired shots because wildlife will often be cautious with your presence.

10. Enjoy your session

Wildlife Photography Tips -  Enjoy your session
Original Image by Phat Luong

Avoid stress. Don’t work too hard pressing all out to capture great moment and photograph. Just enjoy the session and feel the relaxation.

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