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Wildlife Photography Tips

I am not much of a writer, but since many of my redbubble friends have inquired about my wildlife photography techniques, I thought it time to share what I have learned through MUCH trial and error. Since I am a quality engineer by trade, forgive my technical approach beforehand.

1. Don’t be afraid of your camera.
2. Be observant of your surroundings, nature is everywhere.
3. Try to get close to your subject matter if shooting a animal, fish, etc…
4. Focus on the eyes if possible, as it brings life into the shot.
5. Focus on shooting “Animal behavior” or “Movement” as this tells a story without many words needing to be spoken.
6. Lighting is extremely important, as great moments (trust me I know) can be lost if the lighting is not right.
7. Composition is equally important. try not to always center your picture, especially if the surroundings add more interest to the subject matter.
8. Although I believe any lens can take great wildlife shots, you do need to know the limits of your lens in relation to what you are shooting to effectively capture the moment.
9. Take LOTS of pictures and practice, practice, practice…..the good thing with digital cameras, you don’t have to worry about buying film anymore.
10. There are NO golden rules to wildlife photography….break them or abide by the…just have fun!

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  • NatureGreeting Cards ©ccwri
    NatureGreeting...over 5 years ago

    Interesting, and very helpful things to know! Thanks!

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing such great information

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 5 years ago

    great info

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockover 5 years ago

    Good tips mate

  • Kasia Jones
    Kasia Jonesover 5 years ago

    Great tips and i agree lighting is really important :)

  • Neil Bygrave (NATURELENS)
    Neil Bygrave (...over 5 years ago

    A great set of tips :-)

  • snappyexposure
    snappyexposureover 5 years ago

    Perfect. Good advice.

  • ChuckCheatham
    ChuckCheathamover 5 years ago

    Real good tips.I don’t know much, just learning. I also learned abuot the rule of thirds. I Googled it. What a help that was.

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 5 years ago

    I love nature photography and I follow all of what you have written here. I think now I just need the proper equipment. I don’t think the camera, lens is all that it takes to be a great nature photographer, I believe that you have to have an eye for the art as well. A great camera and great lens can just make you even better, if you had the ability to start with. Such as you have shown.

  • Starz
    Starzover 5 years ago

    well written, great tips and advice
    i agree with everything you have said :))

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