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Wildlife Photography Mistakes: 03 Subject blurred

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Long lenses need to be supported on a tripod or monopod to keep them steady and avoid camera-shake from spoiling your shots.

You also need to use a shutter speed that’s fast enough to freeze any subject movement.

If you can’t get the shutter speed high enough, push the sensitivity setting up a little.

Alternatively, wait till the animal is stationary and avoid shooting when it’s on the move.

Using a high sensitivity setting will introduce some noise, but in most cases this is preferable to a blurred shot.

Shoot either in shutter priority or manual exposure mode so that you can control the shutter speed.


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Wildlife Photography Mistakes: 04 Poor composition

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Wildlife photography often involves waiting for long periods of time and when the subject actually comes into view it’s tempting to start shooting immediately – especially if it’s the first time you’ve seen a particular species.

There’s no real harm in this, but think about the composition of your photos in the same way as you would with any other photographs.

Don’t have the subject cut off by the edge of the frame, for example. And remember the rule of thirds, so your subject is perfectly positioned in the image.


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  • Jacobus DeWet

    To be honest, one of the most useless articles I have ever read on wildlife photography. In future get an experienced wildlife photographer to write something of value with real life lessons and how to make the best of the situation you are given. Wildlife is not a studio, conditions change fast, you cannot pick the light, what do you do when you shoot in flat light to create great B&W images, Some of the best wildlife images ever taken is not a close crop but compositions with animals in their natural environment, how to deal with cluttered backgrounds, etc, etc ,etc

  • mwaters

    #6 If you are shooting animals in captivity, be sure and always state such in your description.

  • Monte Comeau

    I must disagree with this point entirely! We actually purchase these high end lenses with F4 and larger Apertures so we can purposely use a shallow depth of field.