Begginers guide to Wildlife Photography

BASIC SHOOTING TIPS for beginners.

You just purchased a DSLR or own one already and wish to make good photographs, similar or even better than those that other people have shot. You realize that your photographs are getting blurred, are not sharp, and the colors are not the way you see or want them to be, the image is too bright or too dull. Don’t worry these problems are faced by everyone who starts off, I have faced them and only learned from them.

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The following are some basic pointers and tips that you must know:

1) Avoid using the AUTO mode, at all costs. There is no reason for you to spend so much on a DSLR and use it as the touristy point and shoot camera. Using auto mode lets the camera make the decisions and you do not have any control. The dynamic range of the cameras is not as good as that of our eye so you have to judge a scene and in turn change the settings of your camera.

2) Try understanding the exposure triangle of the camera namely ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed and how the different combinations have an impact on the image. This is where most of the people go wrong. You can take help from the manual on how to adjust it, and then keep trying various combinations at your home in order to understand it clearly.

– Shutter Speed (SS): Higher the SS, easier it will be for you to freeze a moving subject depending on the speed of the subject movement as well as the shooting technique (mainly hand stability). This is one of the main reasons why your images might be blurry or out of focus. As a rule of thumb – Your shutter speed should be 1/<focal length> of your lens. For instance if you shooting with a 300mm lens, you need to have a minimum shutter speed of 1/250 secs for non shaky image for handheld shooting.
– ISO: Depending on the shooting mode you are using, you can increase the ISO to help you reach a higher shutter speed. Most cameras will allow you to go up to at least 600 or 800 ISO without making the image grainy. Of-course with the high end Cameras its different, they can support very high ISO’s.
– Aperture or f stop: The parameter responsible for the depth of field (DOF). Lower the f stop, lower the DOF and vice-versa.

3) Practice makes a man perfect:
Don”t wait till you get to the field, you don’t wanna be struggling with the settings when there is a Tiger in posing right in front of you, looking straight into your eyes. Start from your back yard, try mastering the exposure triangle. Take pictures of common birds, dogs or even children playing. All these subjects exhibit movement and will help you improve your skills.

4) Get rid of the filter: Filters usually decrease the sharpness of the images. The lenses have a lot of glass pieces, adding a filter makes the photo field go through another layer of glass thereby making it soft. So as far as wildlife is concerned, get rid of it.

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4 comments

  1. I am a fan of your photography. About few things I want to get your advice .I want to be a good bird photographer also wildlife. I have canon 600d, 100-400mmf/4-6.3 IS USM lens, and a canon 1.4 TC.I want to take some photo with background blur or good bokeh .I want to upgrade my camera body with 7d mark II,thinking that it will fulfil my purposes. Will it serve my purposes? Or my thoughts are wrong? Should I need a longer low f number prime lens?which combination will serve my purposes in low budget, also give your valuable opinion about buying a tripod with gimbal head or ball head,which brand & where I get it in appropriate price .Another thing that sigma 150 -600 mm s hsm tele lens, what about it’s performance.

    • Hi, thank you so much.
      For a good background blur keep the aperture at lowest f number and use correct shooting technique.
      7D Mark II is a good camera. But what is your purpose?

      Gimbal head if its for moving objects. Amazon is a good option. Sigma lens is good.

  2. Hi
    I just gone through your photography blog it is just amazing photography n passion towards it..since i m also very passionate on wildlife photography even i m doing it n thanx for your valuable suggestions which is really mean to all beginners..Happy clicking bro..

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