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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  • 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.