Tips to improve wildlife photography
Wildlife Photography
Amit Kumar Srivastava
July 14, 2017

Wildlife photography is something which is endearing, amazing and one of the best enchanting experiences. Leave aside the photography, the sight of a wildlife sanctuary is much pleasant in itself. And if you have a photographer within you then capturing the wildlife is always on your wish list. But, wildlife photography is not as easy as the other photography as living creatures are involved in it. They are not the humans who would obey your orders or can understand your work. They will be extremely moody and they can also be annoyed for any reason and your photography can really be bad and all your efforts can be in vain. Also, apart from these you also have to keep certain technical things in mind to click the best pictures. We hope that these tips are going to help you in improving your wildlife photography skills. So, let us check some of the tips to improve wildlife photography.

BEGIN WITH KEEPING THE SEMI-AUTOMATIC MODES

One of the most important tips to improve wildlife photography is sticking to the semi automatic modes. Many photographers have the habit of using full manual mode always while capturing the pictures. There is a presumption set in the minds of people that full manual mode makes the clicks easy and amazing. Also, you tend to become comfortable in the settings which you always use. Wildlife photography is not very simple and subtle and everything is changing at a fast speed, so you also have to be fast with the settings. But using the full manual mode makes you take a bit more time to adjust things and hence semi automatic mode works the best in this case. The shooting modes which can be used are aperture priority, shutter priority, and full manual with Auto ISO.

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STAY ORGANISED TO MAKE THE THINGS EASY

Organizing is the key to any good work. It's not a matter only about the wildlife photography but every kind of photography. There can be many photographs which will be similar to each other with almost no difference. It can be difficult for you to select the best pictures among all the similar pictures hut you have to give some time and pay some focus and select the best picture. You have to be strong and delete the pictures so that you make room for the best pictures. It should be your motto to have the only picture of the same family. Also, the images which are blurred and hazy or have the minor defects then you have to get rid of them. So, staying organized in this way is obviously very important. This will make you have the best shot saved of the animal you were focusing on wildlife photography. These simple tips to improve wildlife photography will surely help you.

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ALWAYS FOCUS ON THE ‘SINGLE POINT FOCUS'

Even when you are clicking the animals, eyes are the very important part. You cannot just ditch the emotions or expressions in their eyes and click the random picture. It is not always about the beauty but the story. If you want to excel in the wildlife photography then you have to focus on the expressions of the animals or the birds and depict their feelings at that moment through your pictures. Using the single point focus helps you to work the best in such cases. In this way, you can make the camera have the focus on the exact place where you want. Do not allow the camera to adjust and decide the focus because that will keep the entire animal in focus and not only the eye, specifically. In the single point focus, a little black square appears and you can tap that on the eyes of the animal to keep the focus. Keep the focus on the eyes only and don't make the mistake while focusing it. This will make you click the pictures which have the sharp focus on the eyes.

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FILLING THE FRAME IS NOT A GOOD IDEA

Wildlife photography just not always means to click the wildlife creature or the animal and fill the entire frame with its picture. If you are clicking an elephant who is enjoying some time in the water,you don't have only to click the elephant in full zoom view and fill the frame with it that must not be the case every time. If you wish to show the tale through the photography you have to show the entire space and everything that the elephant is doing at that moment.If an animal is at the distant and you want to click the picture, do not ignore it because it is too much far away. The basic idea is not to fill the frame with the animal.

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DON'T STICK TO NORMAL ASPECT RATIO

Most people have the habit of clicking all the pictures in the normal aspect ratio that the camera originally has. You can use all the ratios including the panoramic shots for clicking a wide angle shot. Also, you can crop the images after clicking for giving it a different customized ratio. The best part about not sticking to the normal aspect ratio is that people notice the difference in the photos. There may be some pictures which you have taken in the normal aspect ratio then you don't want to include a certain background in the picture, so you can just crop the picture and focus on the thing which looks better. These ways of changing the frames are really effective and make you have different types of pictures.

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These were some of the tips to improve wildlife photography. These must be the minute details which can really bring out many differences and improvements in your photography.

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Amit Kumar Srivastava
Founder, Pixean Entrepreneur, passionate photographer