10 Wildlife Photography Tips to make your Wildlife Photography Easy

Well there is no such thing as easy Wildlife Photography.  However, there are things you can do to improve your odds of catching nice wildlife photography.  Let’s review together these lessons I have learned.

Here are my Wildlife Photography Tips to make your task easier:

  1. Go where the wildlife is!  This is the first step.  There is place where wildlife is abundant.  Some of these locations are the zoo, parks, waterfront, etc…  Going where the wildlife is increases your chances!
  2. Zoom and crop!  Wildlife picture are interesting when we can see them very close.  Like this bird, I zoom all the way and cropped the picture.  Your 10+ mega pixels camera is for this.  Remember, screen resolution is usually only 2 mega pixels. You can crop!
  3. Learn to know your subject.  Wildlife has habits, just like us humans.  When do they eat, rest, hunt and care for the kids.  This is very important to ensure success.
  4. Be patient.  Don’t think that wildlife will come to you and ask for a picture.  You are on their territory and you are not used to be there.  Wildlife does not welcome you on their turf.  Be patient and wait for them to get used to you.
  5. Thinks about your clothes.  Wearing green and brown attire will go a long way in you getting unnoticed.  You are not heading to the dance floor!
  6. Be ready for some post-production.  This bird background was a lot brighter when I shot this picture.  I used lightroom to paint the background and cut exposition, contrast, clarity and sharpness.
  7. You need to see the eyes.  Preferably a catch light in the eyes.  In this picture, the eyes are not lit.  This is bad.  Do better.  By positioning yourself with the sun behind yourself you increase your chances for a catch light.
  8. No perfume please!  Wildlife greatest sense is smell, if you smell, you won’t see any wildlife.
  9. Loot at the light and the background.  Is the light hard or soft?  Is the background brighter or darker?  What is the distance between the subject and the background?  Does the background will be blurry enough?
  10. Shoot in shutter speed priority.  Long telephoto with speedy subject is a nightmare below 1/1000s.  By increasing your ISO and shooting wide open you will create more interesting pictures.  A nice picture could have some noise.  A blurry picture is never nice.

This is in no way a training on Wildlife Photography.   Should  you be looking to put some valuable time on Wildlife Photography, consider the Wildlife Photography Online Class by Juan Pons on Craftsy.  I spent some quality time while at a photo workshop with Juan Pons and I personnaly recommend him to you.  Here are 7 Lessons, included in this class, that are worth your time:

  • Lesson 1. Equipment, Ethics & Awareness
  • Lesson 2. Studying & Locating Subjects
  • Lesson 3. Approaching & Composing Subjects
  • Lesson 4. Deciphering Light in Nature
  • Lesson 5. Maximizing Your Gear
  • Lesson 6. Wildlife in Your Backyard
  • Lesson 7. Editing & Post-Processing

Using these Wildlife Photography Tips will make everything more rewarding.   Do you have some additional Wildlife Photography Tips to add to this article?  Please contribute using the comment Section Below!