Don’t forget the basics of wildlife photography when you travel somewhere new
01 Concentrate on composition
Although placing the subject in the middle of the frame can work well – particularly if the animal is staring down the lens – it’s often more interesting to move them off-centre. For natural-looking results, leave more room in the frame for the subject to look or move into.
02 Watch the background
Faced by an exotic species, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s going on behind them – but the background can make or break a shot. Here, the elephant appears to have a tree growing out of its head. Raising the camera and shooting down would have provided a clean backdrop of grass.
03 Shoot in raw
If it’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip, shoot in raw, not JPEG. Raw gives you more flexibility when it comes to editing your pictures later. For example, it can be tricky to expose for a dark animal in bright surroundings, and vice versa, but shooting raw enables you to fine-tune the brightness later.
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