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    How to photograph anything: best camera settings for wildlife photography

    | Photography Tips | Wildlife | 24/06/2013 00:01am
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    In the fifth part of our Shoot Like A Pro series on how to photograph any subject you want we take a closer look at the best camera settings for wildlife photography. Getting sharp photos takes time to master, but here we show you all the best camera settings you should use to shoot both captive and wild animals to get great wildlife photos every time.

    How to photograph anything: best camera settings for wildlife photography

    Best camera settings to photograph captive animals

    When shooting in a zoo or wildlife park you can predict reasonably accurately when and where you will be able to shoot them. The greatest difficulty is shooting through fences or wire mesh.

    The best way to avoid this is to shoot at the widest aperture available on your lens, while getting as close as possible to the obstruction.

    Best camera settings to photograph captive animals

    Even though they are limited by their enclosures, captive animals will still move around. So set the Autofocus mode to Continuous or Servo focusing so that it will still focus if the animal moves, and try to position the autofocus point over the eye of the animal.

    How to set up your camera to photograph captive animals

    How to set up your camera to photograph captive animals

    ISO   Auto (upper limit 800)
    To save time changing the ISO when moving around, set the ISO to auto and then limit the highest setting to 800 – if this feature is available on your camera.

    How to set up your camera to photograph captive animals: aperture

    Aperture   f/5.6 (or wider)
    When shooting through glass or wire fences set the widest aperture. Get as close to the obstruction as you can.

    Exposure mode   Aperture Priority (Av or A)

    Shutter speed   Set by camera, but at least 1/500sec

    Lens   300mm or longer

    Focus mode   Servo or Continuous

    Drive mode   Continuous shooting

    White balance   Auto

    PAGE 1: Best camera settings to photograph captive animals
    PAGE 2: Best camera settings to photograph wild animals
    PAGE 3: Best camera settings to photograph garden birds

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    Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips, Wildlife.

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