For starters, if wildlife photography is your passion, Cheers! Wildlife photography is a package of passion, thrill, adventure – all bundled in one- and of course, topped with loads and loads of patience. And if you’re looking to wander away into natural abundance to capture the spectacular flora and fauna, you need to be aware of a few things before beginning. Or if you’ve already begun, to get better! Here we go:
1. Explore your gear first:
You’ve spent a bomb on your photography gear; it makes complete sense to know it in and out. If you aren’t aware of the magic your camera, lenses, and hood can spell, there’s no point venturing outside. First get a grasp of your gear, every feature of it and how to use it. This knowledge will help you implement it better when you are outdoors, bringing out the best photos!
2. Know the terrain you are venturing into:
Having a pretty good idea of where you are heading to for photographic adventures is essential. You know what to expect, and you also have an idea what to look out for. Knowing the specialty, the rarity of the place you are visiting will help you keep a watch and capture the best.
3. Be prepared for surprises:
You have to make sure you are alert as you enter into the wilderness. Most of the times the surprises will be pleasant, you will be jumping with joy at the getting the opportunity to capture something beautiful as that. But for that, you need to have your senses all focused in the place you are in.
4. Break the rules:
When there’s a precious moment you want to capture, there’s no time always to think about the rules of photography. Just go with the flow and capture the image – these images turn out to be the best! So it’s perfectly okay to break the rules you’ve read or learnt about photography. Like Pablo Picasso says – Learn all the rules like a pro, so that you can break them like an artist!
5. Patience is the key:
Patience is very, very important when it comes to wildlife photography. To get the perfect shot, you may have to wait for hours together, in one position – waiting for your subject to pose against the picturesque backdrop. Losing your cool will not help, neither will too many movements or noises, as there’s a high probability your subject may get distracted. Keep calm and relaxed, enjoy the scenes around you and bask in nature’s glory while you keep one eye on your subject!
Reduce your footprint in your surroundings
As a responsible photographer you will limit your impact on the nature you’re photographing – but there is very valuable benefits in taking out more than you bring in. If you see any rubbish, debris or other man-made non natural objects within the environment, take this out. You never know when making that effort may mean you make the perfect shot.
You can also join the CleanUP movement – you can purchase a wristband from https://www.thewristbandco.com.au/shop/ which is raising funds for the remediation of nature parks and the reintroduction of native bird life this year.
There you go – requisites to be a good wildlife photographer who captures the rarest of rare photos!