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

    | Photography Tips | Wildlife | 11/02/2013 01:00am
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    Get the best results from long lenses

    Your quick-start guide to getting the best results from super-sized glass

    Get the best results from long lenses: step 1

    1 Mount the lens
    Super-telephoto lenses need to be fixed on sturdy tripods and heads. Position the tripod legs so one extends out underneath the lens and use a sliding quick-release system to enable you to balance the load. Alternatively, consider a gimbal-style head like the one produced by Wimberley.

     

    Get the best results from long lenses: step 2

    2 Adjust the settings
    Premium lenses such as this Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM have an array of buttons and switches for optimising autofocus performance. To improve AF speed and reduce ‘hunting’ (where the camera doesn’t lock on), there’s a focus preset feature and a focus distance limiter.

     

    Get the best results from long lenses: step 3

    3 Avoid the shakes
    Press your eye against the viewfinder eyecup and rest a hand on top of the barrel. If it’s an image-stabilised lens, make sure it’s switched to its tripod setting, or its panning setting if you’re shooting action. When you take a picture, gently roll your finger onto the shutter release rather than jabbing it.

    Try hiring a super-tele lens
    If the eye-wateringly steep price of 500mm and 600mm lenses puts you off wildlife photography, why not hire one instead? A number of websites will rent a range of lenses by the week.

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