Professional Photographer to the Rescue: animal photography tips for any species

    | Photography Tips | Wildlife | 08/03/2013 01:00am

    In our latest Professional Photographer to the Rescue post, our professional photographer shows our apprentice some simple animal photography tips that are relevant for any type of species you want to shoot, whether in the wild or in your local safari park.

    Professional Photographer to the Rescue: animal photography tips for any species

    Meet our professional photographer

    Professional photographer Ben Hall is from Stockport. He’s been taking photos of predominantly British wildlife for ten years, supplying his shots to the RSPB,  photographic publications and as stock to Getty Images. He also runs monthly wildlife photography workshops. Check out

    Meet our apprentice

    Dave Chapman is a supermarket trading manager from Worthing. He’s been using a DSLR for over four years and enjoys shooting motorsports and landscapes, but his passion is wildlife photography. He asked for our help to improve his animal shots.

    Technique assessment

    Before heading off, Ben suggested ways Dave could increase his success rate…

    Tips from our professional photographer: switch to Av mode

    Try switching to Av…

    Ben advised Dave to take control of his shooting mode to improve his results. 
“Dave was relying on his camera’s P auto shooting mode, so I encouraged him to shoot in Av (Aperture Priority) instead,” says Ben.

    “By shooting in Av he can set wide apertures to blur distracting backgrounds and make the animals really stand out in his shots. His camera can then take care of the shutter speed, which will change dramatically today because the sun keeps going in and out.”

    Tips from our professional photographer: increase your ISO

    Increase your ISO…

    “When photographing wildlife it’s more important to have fast enough shutter speeds and freeze an animal’s movement than to keep the ISO (light sensitivity) down for fear of noisy images,” advises Ben.

    “Don’t be afraid to put your ISO up to around 400 or 800 to get faster shutter speeds for sharper, more dramatic wildlife shots. It barely matters because, even at that high level of ISO, you’ll still have minimal graininess thanks to Canon’s brilliant digital sensor technology.”

    PAGE 1: Meet our professional photographer and apprentice
    PAGE 2: Animal photography tips for during the shoot
    PAGE 3: Final tips from our professional photographer
    PAGE 4: Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
    PAGE 5: Shot of the Day


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    Posted on Friday, March 8th, 2013 at 1:00 am under Photography Tips, Wildlife.

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