Wildlife photography tips and tricks

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We’ve put together a short guide on making the most of your wildlife photo opportunities. Read on and you’ll be snapping away with confidence in no time.

Equipment and accessories

You don’t need a camera worth thousands of pounds to get that perfect shot. Any camera – even a disposable or mobile phone can be used to capture amazing photos. But if you are looking to upgrade or splash out, a tripod and camera with a self timer function can be handy to have.

If you don’t have a tripod try using your surroundings to stabilise your shot. Resting your arms on a fence, branch or log can give support. If using the self-timer function, use a coat or scarf to create a flat surface. Your camera is less likely to dislodge or vibrate when the shutter clicks.

Photographing people

Taking pictures of children and families can be challenging. Snapping shots of people when they least expect it usually creates a more natural result, but remember to always ask permission. Children usually provide a wealth of photographic opportunities, especially when they are having fun, but consider getting down to their level to get the best shot.

Think about composition and how your subjects are positioned. Trees and overhanging foliage can create a natural frame which is very effective. Position people so the light is flattering and shows their features well.

Photographing activities

Your wildlife walks will probably be full of activities perfect to capture on film so its worth taking some time to consider how best to get the shot.

Think carefully about the ideal place to take your shot and about your camera’s speed – will you need to anticipate the key moment and click the shutter slightly before? If your camera has continuous shooting then use it or try pre-focusing.

Other approaches

The sun can show off the translucent leaves of a tree or petals of a flower to give stunning effects and if photographing woods take pictures under a variety of different lights. Flowers can provide all kinds of opportunities to experiment by snapping them at different times, or changing your viewing angle.

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