Adventure enthusiasts across the globe are exploring photography like never before, thanks to the rise of digital cameras. There are a plethora of opportunities for clicking outstanding pictures, provided you know the right tricks and photography hacks. Here are the top five tips you need for cracking wildlife photography like a pro. It's time to put your DSLR cameras to their best use.
1. Know The Subject of Your Frame
Patience is one of the most important things to keep in mind if you are out to capture wildlife in all its majestic glory. It is all about time and patience, much of which should be spent studying and paying attention to your subject. It's important to keep a watch on an animal's behavioural traits and try to pick up on clues, so as to predict what kind of movement will be done by the animal the next time. This will make for some epic photographs.
2. Use Your Lens Hood
You will be surprised to know that the seemingly useless plastic that comes with your Digital compact camera's lens isn't just for decorative purposes. It has a major role to play when it comes to clicking outdoor pictures which are heavily dependent on natural light. It prevents stray light from hitting the lens, helping you produce clearer pictures with a better focus. Needless to add, it also protects your lens from any possible physical damage.
3. Don't Shy Away From Aperture Priority Mode
A lot of avid photographers have this tendency of shooting only in the manual mode as they believe that using any particular 'mode' for capturing animals and nature is cheating and doesn't reap good results. Let us reveal the biggest secret! The aperture priority mode of your camera will really add value to your pictures by making sure that the light is evenly distributed and the movement of the subject is captured in the varying intensities of light. It will also adjust the settings and ensure your images are correctly exposed to the amount of light. In manual mode, there is simply no time to continually adjust the settings when shooting a constantly changing scene.
4. Be Prepared To Wait
When starting out in this field, one thought that should frequently recur in your mind is the fact that all great wildlife photographers rarely get that great shot in a couple of hours. The result of waiting and being patient with capturing the right frame will reap you the best results. It may be that you spot an animal you really want to capture, but the position of the subject is not good enough to capture. In this case, you should be ready to return to the spot time and again as to see if you can now capture a truly unique and spectacular image.
5. Think Outside of the Box
The most important tip is the most challenging one too. With addition to an excellent digital SLR, mirrorless camera you also need to have excellent creative ideas. The key to exceptional nature and wildlife photography is that you should be thinking truly out-of-the-box. The picture taken by you can become a cliche if you do not think of anything innovative. After clicking images, always revisit them and think “how can I do it better”. If you want your images to be noticed and stand out, give them the wow-factor by taking a photograph that no one has ever seen before.
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