(Wild life Photography)
The best time to take photos of wildlife is in the early morning and late afternoon, this is when the natural light is best for taking photos, and when the animals are most active.
It's important to know the behavior of the animals you're trying to photograph. By understanding their behavior you will have a better chance of finding them and you will be able to predict their actions.
Here are some of the points to keep in mind before you shoot wildlife
1) Always make sure your camera is charged fully and ready to take photos and also carry an Extra charged Battery with you on the safari as the battery may drain out very quickly when shooting in RAW with an high telescopic lens (more than 300mm)
2) It’s Always safe to have extra memory cards with you on the safaris , may be 3-4 cards of 4gb each that would be sufficient to capture those awesome wildlife shots which you have been waiting for as a wildlife photographer
Trust me there is nothing worse than this when you don’t have the charge left in your battery / the space in your memory card, if/when you are lucky to have spot a tiger/leopard which could had either turn out to be a picture for your lifetime if you had everything ready with your camera, battery and memory at that moment. And you surely don’t want to miss something of that sort.
Be ready with your camera at all times though as animals do not keep appointments
3) Have your camera out and set to the best settings for that particular time of day and lighting conditions, try some trial and error shots just when you are entering into the wild so that you have the understanding of what ISO, Aperture and Shutter to be used.
1) Set your AutoFocus in Continuous Mode (AF-C)
2) Adjust the White balance to Sunny/ Auto depending on the climate
3) use Evaluative/Matrix metering (The Standard Metering Used by Most)
4) Play with aperture in the range between Minimum-f8
4) When taking close-up or portrait pictures focus on the animal's eyes as this creates an engaging photo. This guarantees that most of the animal's face will be in focus. Be ready, as animals may suddenly appear and disappear just as quickly.
5) Take a range of photos of your subject. For example, when taking photos of an Elephant, take a portrait shot; include one more with the general habitat in context to the subject, then another with close-up detail, such as horns and face.
6) Do not centre all your shots, leave room in your subject for the animal to move into. This will prevent lifeless composition and give an imitate portrayal of your subject. Use the rule of thirds when composing your picture.
7) Be there and Enjoy it , I actually mean you need to be in the moment and don’t get caught up so much with the technical issues and your settings that you don’t take in the moments you are witnessing while out photographing birds and wildlife
Wait for natural action. Be very patient and you’ll be rewarded with stunning opportunities.
Last things First
Things to keep in mind when you are into the wild – RESPECT NATURE
1) Never harass wildlife, abide by the Code of Ethics for nature and wildlife photography and viewing.
2) Never use Flash when shooting
3) Avoid using Deodorants/perfumes to your clothes
4) No Smoking
5) Maintain calm and silence always all the time that would really help you to get the most of that wildlife trip.
(Shoot often, Shoot RAW)
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