Reacting quickly to the decisive moment
Catching that moment is the challenge. It’s not easy, but by recognising animal behaviour and anticipating what’s about to happen in front of your camera you can be prepared to press the shutter just as the action unfolds.
Wildlife action photography relies on a lot more than a fast motordrive. Of course the more frames per second your camera can capture the better your chances of nailing the shot. However, what’s really important is your reaction time.
Ultimately, it’s down to your ability to react to a situation – frame and keep the subject in the viewfinder and maintain focus.
This takes quite a bit of practice, so you need to start off shooting subjects that provide lots of clear opportunities and be prepared to endure lots of failures and near-misses to get a few shots that work well. The more you practice, the more winning shots you’ll get.
Above all be persistent. Really great pictures don’t come around every shoot – you have to work hard for them, take the knocks and try again.
By putting yourself out there and carefully honing your skills you’ll be able to capture those special moments that give your images the edge.
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PAGE 2: Reacting quickly to the decisive moment
PAGE 3: 7 top tips for capturing the decisive moment in nature
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