Wildlife photography can be difficult. Nothing can be choreographed or staged, the models show up only when they feel like it, and when they do, you have a hard time getting them to do what you want.
Then, after all that, you still have to deal with harsh conditions and constantly changing light levels.
However, when you’re sat there frozen, half-starved and soaking wet, and when the bird, reptile, fish or whatever you’re after slowly moves into view and everything seems perfect all the previous hardships are forgotten and it suddenly becomes worth it. You can go home with the shot and the exhilaration of having seen one of nature’s real beauties.
Below is a list of the top four tips to improve your chances of getting that perfect shot.
Although luck plays a huge part in wildlife photography, you can increase your odds by choosing the right time of day to set out. Dawn and dusk are generally considered the best times to get that perfect shot.
Unfortunately, stage directions are out of the question, but the direction from which you approach can make all the difference. Even if you have to loop all the way around so that the animal you’re looking for doesn’t smell you and bolt before you’re close enough, the results can be worth it. In short, always walk with the wind in your face.
The old saying that silence is bliss has never been more apt. Although you mean them no harm, the animals you are photographing don’t know this. Millions of years of evolution have primed most animals to flee from any unknown predators that are approaching. To avoid detection before you even began, make sure to be silent. Importantly, If your driving, always park a suitable distance away.
Goals for photographing a certain species are great. However, if you live in Hamburg and want to photograph lions, there’s little point in going for a walk in the woods. Although this is an exaggerated example, knowing which species are present in the area where you are or where you will be, along with those species’ habits and appearances, can be incredibly beneficial in your efforts to capture them in a natural setting.