Wildlife Photography for Beginners

Many of us are looking for things to do while we are dealing with the virus, and this has led a lot of people to taking in nature’s beauty. There are many people joining the world of the great outdoors, looking for a way to escape the boredom of home without coming in close contact with others. What follows is how to best capture wildlife photography for beginners.

Camera and Photography

One of the biggest questions that people immediately ask is what settings should my camera be on to best capture an animal. This all depends on your camera.

Smartphones, including most iPhones and Android versions, ship with very capable cameras, with a few limitations. For example, their small sensor size means that there is less light gathered with each touch of the shutter button. This is not a problem in bright light and outside, but if you are trying to shoot in dark rooms or at night, these cameras tend to struggle, resulting in blurry, grainy photos.

Similarly, the race to create the thinnest phone means that there is no room for complex zoom mechanisms. Manufacturers have somewhat fixed this by including multiple lenses, some with wide angles and others with zooms, but these features still fall short of a real zoom lens on a DSLR camera. Because of this, try not to zoom in too much, as you run this risk of reducing detail and blurring your photograph.

Also it is important to make sure that you tap the screen to select the focus point in your photo. This way you can ensure that the animal is in sharp focus, and not something in the background. Try focusing on the animal’s eye for a pleasing photo.

In some cases you may want to use your flash to add some light to the scene. Just keep in mind that your flash will not be effective past a few feet from the camera. It’s simply not that strong. You should also think about where it will not disturb the subject animal, as using the flash runs the risk of scaring the animal away.

There are also usually a big choice of filters that can bring a different tone to your image as well. You can change your photo to black and white to bring a more solemn attitude toward the image, or brighten it with a filter to bring some happiness and positivity to nature’s beauty.

Animal Photography

Optimal Wildlife Photography Angles and Views

Another key essence of wildlife photography is making sure you capture the moment from the right angle. Sometimes when we take a picture, we forget where we are and how that matters in the final image. It is important to capture the subject in a natural setting, bringing it closer to reality for the viewer.

For example, if an animal spends most of its life on the ground under the trees, then try make sure you depict that. If there is a species that jumps from tree to tree, wouldn’t it be great to show them in the act of jumping or just on the edge of the branch, loading up for their next leap?

It is also important to capture the animal’s head in the picture. It need not be the main subject, but including the head in your photo helps personify the animal, making the photo more appealing to the viewer. Capturing the animal’s eyes helps you can grab the audience’s attention.

Post Processing Animal Photos

Even the best photographers post process their photos. Rarely are we met with the perfect conditions required to make a good photo great. With today’s powerful image editing tools, we can often make small changes that make a big difference.

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Now you are ready to go out into the wild and join the countless others trying to get away for a while. You have the tools and knowledge to make your trips and adventures, even more spectacular than ever before with your newly learned ability of wildlife photography.

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