If photography is your real hobby or if you like to create ideal and authentic photos occasionally when you step into an extraordinary environment, there are plenty of tricks which, if you apply them correctly, can turn shots into pure little masterpieces.
Many photography adorers dream about capturing astonishing wildlife scenes, what usually can require additional adjustments and features in order to achieve perfect results.
Considering that a wildlife surrounding is not motionless but it actually abounds with lot of activity and movements, the main kit you’ll need for making a top photos is a trail camera. Check out these tips explaining camera performances and useful ideas for improving your photography:
Characteristics of camera for wildlife photography
Getting into photographing wildlife moments would be very troublesome if you plan to manually hold the camera and chase after every nice scene you spot. It’s easier to use trail cameras which are suitable to be placed within an appropriate angle and capture the photos automatically without your assistance. Besides, it’s very important to have a camera which possesses motion sensors which recognize any nearby movement and produce a string of shots whenever it happens, and if the camera additionally offers time lapse options, you’ll be able to catch a series of wildlife spectacles without monitoring.
Time adjustment abilities provide you with a chance to capture from 3 to 10 shots in a row within a short period, and you can also find cameras with options for merging orderly made photos into videos, so it shows various activities and motions.
Panoramas and images from nature are rich with colorfulness, contrasts and diversity of contents, which is why you crucially need a camera with excellent resolution. Since the resolution of professional trail cameras can go from 5MP up to even 12MP, it gives you an opportunity to capture the combinations of great and small details and to improve zoom options.
Bear in mind that wildlife species are sensitive to sounds and lights, so when you like to shoot during the night, provide yourself with camera having inconspicuous LED flash function.
Tips for upgrading final photos and videos
Excellent quality and content of final shoots present a key goal every photographer strives to achieve. That’s why you should set up a trail camera in the way it gives the best possible result. Here are several things you should consider when going into wildlife shooting adventure:
- Proper camera orientation – The first thing you must take care of is that you don’t point your camera so it’s directly focused on sun rays, since shoots may contain dimly or whitened parts. Hence, the best choice is to place camera so it faces north, or if that’s not applicable, try south, but avoid east and west orientation.
- Ideal background – What’s behind your main shooting subject, plays a big part in final photography appearance. Cluttered backgrounds may assimilate with animal’s contours giving you unclear shoots, so rely on moderate and whole-colored rear area.
- Choose good location – When you’re going into the wild with an aim to collect the images of all that impressive animals, make sure you find a spot where the animals actually appear frequently, so you don’t end up waiting for hours for lion or roe to appear.
- Right camera position – Most of wild animals will simply approach to the camera and displace it, if it’s too close or set within the area they can reach. Because of that, placing a camera on the ground or within lower levels carries the risk for your equipment to be destroyed, and the shoots would probably have improper focus. It is recommended to position a camera on stable tree branches and arrow the lens in the direction which provides best views.
So there you go. A few simple tips to get you started on your wildlife photography career. Take your time, set up the camera as best as you can and just be patient and who knows, maybe your photos end up in National Geographic’s collection?
John Stone, the author of this article, is a DIY enthusiast who occasionally likes to put his ideas down to paper and share them with like-minded people. Currently works as the editor of SmoothDecorator. His fields of interest include home improvement, sustainability, new technologies, and pretty much all-things-DIY. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar and watching Formula 1.
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