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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Four Tips to Keep in Mind When Taking Photographs of Wildlife

As some of you know, one of my passions is wildlife photography.  Today's post is from returning guest-writer Miscelleana R, and offers some great suggestions to wildlife photographers of all skill levels. Hope you enjoy.

Being outdoors is fun on its own. Oftentimes all you need is yourself and the outside world to be able to enjoy yourself for hours. Hiking, biking, running, walking, staring. It all brings a whole new way of looking at things and sometimes give a person a different look at life.

Then, there are times you want to take the outdoors with you on your travels or to take with you as a memory. This makes your camera your new best friend.

Wildlife is often one of those beautiful pieces of outside that you may want to capture, but taking a picture of the animals in nature and in their natural habitats may be a lot harder than you think. For this reason, I have given you four easy tips to take with you and your camera when you go to take some outside, wildlife shots.

The Four Tips

1.       Get as close as possible

        Being that it is in the nature of animals, roaming away from humans is something wildlife is very good at. They can hear and smell us and normally know where not to go. This makes it hard to follow this particular tip. But, although getting close may not be an option, we do have the next tip to help out.

2.       Use the right equipment

        One of the important points for this tip is what I talked about above, getting close to the animals. True, you can pull out your point-and-shoot camera with its normal digital zoom, but without a zoom lens or a panorama lens, you may not be able to get as close as you want to get the shot, detail or colors you want.

3.       Keep equipment on you, not in a bag

        You are walking through the woods, and you come around a corner to find a family of deer grazing. Time to take a picture, but your camera is in your bag. You can try to get the camera out quietly, but more than likely you are going to spook them and off they’ll go. So keep your equipment on you, in your pockets, hanging on your neck, wherever it needs to be to be handy and quick.

4.       Be patient, calm and quiet

This tip is one of the most important. You cannot expect to get to the forest or wherever you are traveling and expect to take a great shot within the first 15 minutes. You will have to search and wait. Rushing yourself is going to cause a problem too when you simply need to relax and get ready for a wait. Why? Because rushing is faster and louder than taking your time and being calm. So, heed this tip well.

Shooting photographs of wildlife may not be the easiest thing to do with so many factors involved, and these are only four tips to offer some help. Have fun with your shots and be creative. Add some background and environment, and you have some memories set and ready to keep.

About Author:

Miscelleana Rhinehart enjoys the outdoors as much as she enjoys writing reviews for books, movies and used Toyota New York models.


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