What is Wildlife Photography?
Wildlife photography is the art of capturing wild animals in their natural habitat. Known for being one of the most difficult forms of photography (just watch Planet Earth and you'll understand exactly why), wildlife photographers will put themselves on the line on a daily basis.
Who is the expert?
@laurenepbath is a travel and tourism photographer from Australia who has done her fair share of going over and above to get some exceptional shots of wildlife. With nearly half a million followers to her feed, Lauren made a bit of a name for herself on the photography scene.
How can I photograph Wildlife?
Of course with this as with everything, practise makes perfect. The more you get out there and give it a go the better you'll get. In terms of expert advice, Lauren broke it down into her five best tips to achieving those great shots.
1) Know your camera backwards and forwards
Animals are unpredictable and the last thing you want to be thinking about when out shooting is fiddling with your settings. The more comfortable you are with your camera and the ‘technical’ side of photography the better your chances of success.
2) Use a single focus point
Using a single focus point on your camera will enable you to pick your focus accurately every time. When it comes to animals I always focus on the eyes of the animal. If the animal is far away I’ll focus on the general area of the face and if the animal has it’s face cocked and it’s eyes aren’t level then I focus on the eye closest to me.
3) Make sure you have a fast shutter speed
During any wildlife shoot you’ll notice how quickly animals can change their expressions. Using a fast shutter speed will enable you to capture any expression and will avoid the dreaded motion blur. I aim for at least 1/500. Shooting wildlife can be challenging but there’s some easy techniques you can use to greatly improve your chances of nailing an awesome shot
4) Take lots and lots of photos
Especially if you’re shooting on a digital camera! Who cares if you take 2,000 images to get one excellent shot? It doesn’t cost anything. I always take a safety shot as soon as I spot an animal and then I slowly work my way forwards into better positions and compositions.
5) Have patience
You’ll never be a great wildlife photographer if you don’t have a lot of patience. Settle in, get comfortable and enjoy the experience.
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