10 common wildlife photography mistakes we’re all guilty of (and how to fix them)

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Wildlife Photography Mistakes: 09 Poor lighting

Try using histograms: underexposed

Lighting is just as important in wildlife photography as it is when shooting any other subject.

As a general rule try to avoid shooting when the sun is out and at its highest point in the sky as this will introduce strong highlights and deep shadows.

Conversely, shooting in flat light can produce dull images.

Early morning and evening light is often the most attractive and as the sun is low in the sky it illuminates your subject more effectively.

As always, there are no hard and fast rules. There are some fantastic wildlife shots that have been taken in gloomy, foggy conditions, and in some cases it may be the strong shadows that make the shot.

The trick is to think about the lighting conditions that you have and work with it, but have the patience to wait for better lighting.

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Wildlife Photography Mistakes: 10 Subject disturbed

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This is the cardinal sin of wildlife photography.

While it’s not a major issue for a few birds to be spooked from your peanut dispenser in the back garden, it’s another matter entirely if they are scared away from their nest.

Be especially respectful of animals with young and around breeding time.

You should aim to shoot without the animals being aware of your presence.

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