Animals make great subjects, but they’re not always easy to photograph, even in captivity. That said, zoos and wildlife parks are great places to hone your wildlife photography skills. They allow you to get closer to the animals than you would in the wild.
John de Bord is a nature photographer based in Colorado, USA. His photography is dedicated to capturing the wildlife and landscape of Colorado in all its diverse beauty.
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Do you need some positive reinforcement with your wildlife photography? It can be one of the more frustrating genres you’ll attempt to photograph.
Subjects aren’t often there, let alone staying in one place for your camera. And they’re often at their most active at really inconvenient times of the day!
To help you along we’ve put together this handy wildlife photography cheat sheet with some great tips on how to shoot some of the more popular subjects in wildlife photography, such as seasonal animals like deer, insects and bugs, birds in motion and underwater creatures.
Do you suffer problems with glare and reflections when you shoot at your local wildlife park or museum?
It’s a common problem, yet thankfully easy to remedy. Below we offer three quick tips for helping you get clear, sharp images when taking pictures through glass.
This beautiful image from ‘kban’ is of a Nuthatch. It was taken on a Nikon D90. The photographer waited in a hide to get this fantastic image. The wait was definitely worth the end result.
‘Playing with Fish’ by anne73 is our photo of the day. It is often difficult to get close enough to photograph kingfishers without scaring them away, and that is if you are lucky enough to see one. This photographer was exceptionally lucky to be able to capture a shot of this kingfisher with its catch.
At a basic level, shutter speed is used to control exposure, but it can also be used as a creative tool that freezes action or adds dramatic blur to moving subjects. In this tutorial we’ll explain some of the common mistakes you might encounter while trying to achieve the five classic shutter speed effects of freezing movement, blurring action, using blur creatively, long exposures and night photography.
After we look at some of the common problems within these shutter speed ranges, we’ll suggest the best shutter speeds for you to use to achieve these effects and offer our best tips for overcoming these errors.
Are you frustrated by the quality of your bird photos, or are you looking to try bird photography for the first time? Look no further than this latest infographic in our photography cheat sheet series.
With spring in full swing, now is the perfect time to get out into your garden or local park and start taking pictures of birds. But for your bird photos to be successful you need to first decide what sort of shot you’re after.
In the photography cheat sheet below we’ve picked four of the most common situations in which you might take pictures of birds. Within each scenario we’ve crafted a handy little flow chart to get you from start to finish of your shoot, whether you’re camped out in a hide, visiting your local zoo or shooting from your living room window. Inside are charts illustrating how to get great shots of captive birds, static birds, flying birds and flocks of birds.
In photography, it’s not just what you shoot that counts – the way that you shoot it is crucial, too. Poor photo composition can make a fantastic subject dull, but a well-set scene can create a wonderful image from the most ordinary of situations. With that in mind, we’ve picked our top 10 photo composition ‘rules’ to show you how to transform your images.
Don’t feel that you’ve got to remember every one of these laws and apply them to each photo you take. Instead, spend a little time practising each one in turn and they’ll become second nature. You’ll soon learn to spot situations where the different rules can be applied to best effect.