Framing your winter wildlife pictures
Think about the background of your shots, because this should complement the bird rather than compete with it. Diffused backgrounds of a neutral colour are the best way to make the bird stand out well.
If it’s hard to find a spot in the garden that provides a good background, then opt to bring in your own instead. A painted sheet of plywood works well, or try camouflage scrim netting or other material of a suitable colour draped onto a fence or outside wall.
Position the background as far behind the subject as possible so that it is thrown out of focus to give a natural-looking effect.
The lighting is equally important, but this can be anything from bright sunshine to dull overcast light after a heavy snowfall. Bright sunlight is most attractive early and late in the day, so check out the position of the sun at these times and set up accordingly.
Your shooting position is less vital in overcast light, but it’s best to face north so that the subject is lit by the brightest part of the sky. And don’t rule out bad weather – falling snow looks great and adds extra interest to your pictures.
So if you fancy trying wildlife photography, birds are a great way to start, and you’ll be amazed at the shots you can get from even the smallest of gardens. Just head outside and get started!
PAGE 1: How to attract winter wildlife
PAGE 2: Framing your winter wildlife pictures
PAGE 3: 3 easy ways to shoot winter wildlife photography from your garden
PAGE 4: Capturing garden birds in flight
PAGE 5: Final tips for photographing garden wildlife
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