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

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

    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

    Image by David Tipling

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

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