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

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

How to find locations that guarantee great shots

In this section we explain how to find photo locations that guarantee you great shots with minimum effort.

Wildlife photography made easy: how to find locations that guarantee great shots

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Choose the right wildlife photography location

Most of us don’t have the time to chase wildlife around the countryside. The good news is that there are plenty of accessible locations that present the opportunity to get close to nature (and photograph it) without having to go to extremes.

A city park, pond or nature reserve provides the perfect opportunity to, literally, stretch your legs as far as wildlife photography is concerned.

The animals you’ll find in well-visited locations like these will be more accustomed to people, allowing you to approach without having to deck yourself out in head-to-toe camouflage.

Best wildlife photography locations

Image by Mark Hamblin

In fact, if you’re heading to your local park, ditch a long lens altogether in favour of a wide-angle or standard zoom. Squirrels frequently get close enough to enable you to shoot environmental portraits, particularly if you’re packing some unsalted peanuts as a reward.

Hold the camera close to the ground and place the food out of shot, just below the lens.

Be prepared to manually select an AF point that matches up with the animal’s eye, as, left to its own devices, your camera may choose to focus on the closest thing to it – which is usually the animal’s nose.

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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