Wildlife photography made easy: simple techniques for pro-quality pictures

Wildlife photography made easy: simple techniques for pro-quality pictures

How to shoot in iconic locations

In this final section of our feature on wildlife photography we thought we’d do something a bit different. Every photographer dreams of shooting the world’s most iconic photo locations. Here’s how to make the most of your once-in-a-lifetime trip to make sure you don’t waste any photos and opportunities whilst there!

Wildlife photography made easy: what you need to know about shooting iconic locations

The photography skills you’ve built up shooting local wildlife will be invaluable when you get the opportunity to travel further afield.

Whether you’re taking pictures of penguins in Patagonia or meerkats on the African plain, you’re far more likely to create more impactful shots if you get eye-level with your subject, use wide aperture settings to soften distracting backgrounds and spend long enough observing the animals to anticipate when they’ll do something interesting.

Naturally, being on the spot when the light is at its best will transform an image, but in national parks and other wildlife ‘honeypots’ you’ll often only be allowed access to the animals during certain periods, and this may not coincide with ideal conditions.

If light levels are low, increase the ISO to give you the necessary shutter speed to prevent an animal’s movement and camera shake leaving you with fuzzy images. When faced with grey skies, compose your shots so that these aren’t in the frame.

Equipment choice can often drive you mad at the best of times, but it can be a real headache when you factor in long-haul flights and other forms of transport.

Travel as light as possible without leaving you short on focal length. An all-round travel kit could include a telephoto zoom in the 100-400mm range, plus a wide-angle zoom and a fast macro lens.

PAGE 1: How to shoot garden wildlife photography
PAGE 2: Best camera settings for garden wildlife photography
PAGE 3: How to set up a feeding station
PAGE 4: Choosing the right wildlife photography location
PAGE 5: Look for frozen water
PAGE 6: Getting the best results from long lenses
PAGE 7: Why you want to get close to animals
PAGE 8: Key techniques for getting close to wildlife
PAGE 9: How to set up a hide
PAGE 10: How to shoot from a car window
PAGE 11: Wildlife photography in iconic locations
PAGE 12: Don’t forget the basics of wildlife photography
PAGE 13: How to protect your gear


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