Important tips to take beautiful nature and wildlife photos
Everybody loves good nature and wildlife photos. If it is capturing a rare bird, beauty of an eagle flying across a lake or just the beauty of stunning landscape. However, most people feel that they don’t have the right equipment or education to take these amazing photos. This is very far from the truth, in fact, nearly anyone can learn how to take great nature photos without having to spend years studying the art. Well, the majority of those incredible photographs came about through a good deal of physical hardship, practiced patience, and a healthy amount of self-made luck. Here are some tips to help you.
To take amazing nature photos you don’t need an expensive DSLR Camera. They do provide you with ability to take high-resolution photos and to swap lenses with purpose ones, like telephoto or zoom lenses. But in the end camera is just a tool, what makes a good photography is a good photographer.
It is not to say that these advanced features from a DSLR don’t come handy from time to time, but a reasonably priced point and shoot or smartphone camera can easily make incredible photos.
Quantity is quality
Quality over quantity is right for more things, however, with photography, the number of photos you take, the higher the chance some of the photos might turn out to be well. For the absolute best photos that photographer took, there are probably dozens of uninteresting, poorly-compositioned or blurry photos.
One of the simplest rules is to try avoid putting the subject of your photo in the center. Remember that the subject off your photo is not going to be the only thing in your photo.
Try to position yourself in ways to take advantage of your surroundings.
If your camera allows RAW format, you should always capture images in camera RAW format. Raw format image files are unprocessed images with a massive amount of pixel information. This allows you more latitude for adjustments.
In most situations you will generally want to use the lowest amount of ISO possible. This means the higher the ISO number, the less light is required to make an image. Unfortunately, with higher light sensitivity comes increased image noise.
Packing for a nature photographic outing can cause a lot of anxiety. It is easy to over pack due to fear of lacking a piece of gear. Decide what are you photographing, based on this decide what is most important to you. If you are photographing wildlife, that is easily scared, we recommend to pack your best zoom lens, so you can keep distance between you and your subject. If photographing landscapes, you should consider taking along a wider angle lens to best capture your scene.
Find a bag that can carry your gear easily. Bags can range greatly in price and quality, that is why we recommend to read a lot of reviews and find a bag that fits your body and gear. It is recommended to buy a bag that is semi-weatherproofed or water resistant.
Most important pieces of your gear are a good pair of hiking shoes or boots. You should wear well-fitting shoes that are suitable for walking long distances.
Do not forget your tripod. In most wildlife and nature photography situations a tripod is always useful. Find the lightest that is sturdy enough to handle your camera setup.