Photographing in the wild

Photographing-in-the-wildMany of you may be aware that I am a photography enthusiast. Recently, I had gone on an expedition with a couple of my friends. The wildlife photography experience was a lot of fun for all of us and I considered putting together a brief guide to help beginners start off with wildlife photography.

Different types of photography need specific types of treatment and this holds true for wildlife photography as well. You cannot simply jump into wildlife photography and hope to capture a stunning shot. You will first need to consider getting yourself some decent equipment and you will need to understand the nuances of wildlife photography.

Here, I will present to you some useful and handy tips, which will help you photograph better in the wild:

  • Equipment and gear

Wildlife photographers must invest in a telephoto lens. Telephoto lenses allow photographers to zoom across incredible distances and must be used to accurately capture shots out in the wild. Teleconverter lenses may also be used for the same purpose.

A tripod will also be needed for supporting the camera as the lenses make it quite heavy. With longer lens lengths, the camera becomes even more susceptible to movement. As such, use of a tripod is a must.

Finally, the camera will need to be a high quality one. Today, there is a broad range of DSLR cameras specifically suited for wildlife photography.

One other thing to think about is equipment for yourself, such as a pair of good boots. The best equipment for traipsing around the wood can be found at hunting shops.  You can find some great hunting tools at EdgeHunting.

  • The environment

The environment of the wildlife, where the picture is being captured greatly determines how well the photo turns out to be. There are different aspects to photographing small birds than there are to photographing land animals and all of these will only be learnt through experience.

The character of a wildlife picture clicked greatly depends on the environment and on the visual setting. Users will need a little experimentation here in order to come up with the best shots.

  • Including elements of nature

While the subject of the photograph may be a large land animal, care must be provided to include certain elements of nature. For instance, leaving out the ground in a picture can produce a dramatically contrasting effect than including it along with the animal.

I take a number of different shots before I make up my mind as to what works best. I would recommend all beginner photographers to do the same as it immensely helps in understanding the nuances of wildlife photography.

  • Pay attention to all types of animals

The wildlife is full not only with large animals, but a lot of vegetation and smaller animals as well. Even when an animal is not spotted nearby, a photographer has tons of subjects to turn his attention to.

I have gathered a large number of pictures of butterflies and moths as part of my photography while waiting for other subjects.  You can try doing the same when you are out photographing in the wild.

Wildlife photography can prove to be a lot of fun and it can be quite rewarding as well. I hope the tips that I have presented will enable enthusiasts to try out their hand at wildlife photography as well.