Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Advice of Photographing Wildlife

By SFXsource

Wildlife photography is a very exciting branch of photography, but it requires patience and dedication. It is very easy to become frustrated, but your efforts will be rewarded. Photographers may spend an entire day trying to get one particular shot! These tips are intended to either get you started photographing wildlife, or to inspire you to stick with it. There is a certain awe and beauty about capturing the natural world, particularly animals.

1. Be patient- this tip cannot be stressed enough. It is easy to get frustrated, but if you are willing to wait, you will be pleasantly surprised.

2. Keep your distance. A lot of times if you get too close, animals will not stick around. Whether you are in national parks, the wilderness, jungles, etc., it is crucial that you give animals space, and allow them to get close to you if they so choose (animals are highly curious).

3. Photograph wildlife in their environment. While it is fun to photograph exotic animals at the zoo, it is more authentic to incorporate where they actually live into the background.

4. Play with using different shutter speeds. On one hand, if you photograph a bird flying with a fast shutter speed, you will "freeze" it in the action of flying. But with a slow shutter speed, you create a blurred effect.

5. Occasionally, the wildlife will compose the image for you (this is where it can be good to be patient). If you just look through your lens and observe the animals, you may be surprised and get some unique shots.

6. Invest in a good quality zoom lens. In most situations it is challenging to get close to wildlife, and a zoom lens allows you to get close shots without actually disturbing the animal or putting yourself in danger.

Remember to stay inspired by viewing the work of other wildlife photographers. You can search for wildlife photographers online or in photography magazines. - 16651

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