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

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

    Proper wildlife photography field craft step-by-step

    The key techniques to remember when you’re trying to get close to wildlife

    Proper wildlife photography field craft: step 1

    1 Blend in
    Wear gloves and a hat to cover up bare skin. Avoid wearing deodorant and aftershave when you’re shooting mammals, and approach them with the wind in your face so that your scent is carried away. If your lens is pale-coloured (like the one above), fit a camouflage lens cover.

    Proper wildlife photography field craft: step 2

    2 Use natural cover

    Don’t walk directly towards the animal. Use a zig-zag approach and use trees and rocks as cover. Keep a low profile to avoid breaking the skyline, as otherwise your outline will be distinctive. Make sure your camera is switched on and set up, so you don’t have to fumble at the controls.

    Proper wildlife photography field craft: step 3

    3 Carry a bag hide
    Lightweight and easy to pack, a bag hide enables you to quickly conceal yourself in the field. Simply throw one over you and your camera gear to break up your shape. Bag hides are loose fitting and feature a small window that you can use to push your lens through.

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    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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