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

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

Don’t forget the basics of wildlife photography when you travel somewhere new

Don't forget the basics when you travel somewhere new: concentrate on composition

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.

 

Don't forget the basics when you travel somewhere new: watch the background

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.

 

Don't forget the basics when you travel somewhere new: shoot in raw

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.

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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