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

    | Photography Tips | Wildlife | 11/02/2013 01:00am

    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.

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    Posted on Monday, February 11th, 2013 at 1:00 am under Photography Tips, Wildlife.

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