Animal/Wildlife Photography And Wildlife Photo Tips!
Animal Wildlife Action Photography Quick Tips! In order to take good animal wildlife action photographs, you NEED a fast camera, and a fast shutter finger and lot's of memory card space, the same requirements as for sports action photography. A fast camera is one that can take 5 or more frames per second(FPS). You need that to be able to get many shots in a row to stop the action and have a chance at getting the perfect action photo. The camera also has to be able to focus fast, or all your photos will be blurry, which is very annoying. Also don't be afraid of taking lots of photos, you need to in order to get a good action photo. If there is good action in your viewfinder, keep your finger on the shutter until the action stops. Make sure you have lots of memory card space before you start.
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Animal Wildlife Action Photography Tips:
Below you will find links to all of our animal wildlife action photography tip pages. We will constantly add new tips, and probably reorganize and add photo examples, so make sure you check back here in the future. Please look through the animal wildlife action photography tips list below and click on the tip that you want to read more about, and you will be taken to that tip. Also, if you can't find information on a question you have, please contact us here and we will do our best to answer your question. By the way, these tips aren't in any special order.
Tip #1) You Need A Fast Digital Camera....In order to take good wildlife photographs, you NEED a fast camera, one that can take at least 5 or more frames per second(FPS). You need that to be able to get many shots in a row to stop the action and have a chance at getting the perfect action wildlife photo.
Tip #2) You Need A Fast Shutter Button Finger....In order to get great action wildlife photographs, you need to keep your finger on the shutter button at all times and when you think something good is going to happen, like a fish jumping out of the water, or an alligator eating that fish, you need to hold the shutter button down until the action has stopped.
Tip #3) You Need Lot's Of Memory Card Space....You should always carry extra memory cards and batteries with you when you are out taking photographs. Nothing is worse than having a great photo opportunity and your memory card is full or your camera or flash battery goes dead. It doesn't cost that much to have a backup, and it will save you a lot of trouble.
Tip #4) You Need To Take Many Photos....When taking photos of action wildlife you need to take lot's of photos in order to get something great. More is better. By taking more photos you will have more to choose from and you might capture something you wouldn't have if you took only a few photos.
Tip #5) You Need Fast Lenses....When you talk about fast lenses that can mean 2 different things. One it could mean fast because it has a large max aperture like f/1.2 or f/1.4 or f/2.8 so it allows lot's of light in the camera allowing you to have a fast shutter speed. For wildlife photography, you need big lenses to zoom into the wildlife, and so most of them big and more expensive lenses have max apertures of f/2.8 or f/4 or f/5.6. They allow lot's of light into the lens so you can have fast shutter speeds of 1/250th of a second or higher.
Tip #6) You Need Lot's Of Patience....If you want to be successful in wildlife photography, you will need to learn to have some patience, if you are an impatient person, because you might have to wait around for some great wildlife action.
Tip #7) Fixed Aperture Lenses Work Best....Most cheaper lenses don't have fixed apertures, so when you set the aperture value to the smallest number like F3.8 with the lens at the widest zoom position, when you zoom out to the telephoto position, the aperture value will go up to like F5.6 and reduce the light into your camera.
Tip #8) Don't Miss Great Shots Because Of Daydreaming....Daydreaming and wildlife photography are not a good combination if you want to get some great action wildlife photos. You must always be alert and ready for the next good action to happen. If you are daydreaming and looking at your cell phone, you will be missing some good action shots. The action happens so fast in wildlife photography, so if you daydream for a second you could miss something special.
Tip #9) Make Sure You Fill The Viewfinder With The Action....When you are photographing some great wildlife action, it is really important to make sure you fill the viewfinder with the action. If you see professional wildlife photographs, the main subject usually fills the frame of the photo, and it is in sharp focus. There is never a question about who the main subject is. In so many amateur photographs, main subjects are just a little dot in the photograph, they are so small, and then there is so much wasted space around the subjects.
Tip #10) Use A Monopod To Support Heavy Cameras....If you have a large digital SLR camera, plus a huge 300mm f/2.8 lens, and a flash and flash bracket, all that gets very heavy to hold steady for many hours. You really should invest in a steady monopod to help support all your photography equipment.
Tip #11) Shutter Speed At Least 1/250th Of A Second....In most wildlife photography, but not all the time, you will want to freeze the action and get a nice crisp clear photo. In order to stop the action and have minimal blur, your shutter speed should be at least 1/250th of a second.
Tip #12) Carry Extra Fully Charged Batteries....You should always carry extra batteries with you when you are out taking wildlife photographs. Nothing is worse than having a great photo opportunity and your camera or flash battery goes dead. It doesn't cost that much to have a backup, and it will save you a lot of trouble.
Tip #13) Be Prepared For All Kinds Of Weather If Outdoors....While taking wildlife photography you could encounter all types of weather, so make sure you are prepared to handle anything that could come along. The most obvious weather condition would be rain. Make sure you have a rain coat or parka, and some way to protect your camera equipment, like an umbrella or plastic bag or something like that. Some professional camera equipment is designed to handle some rain, but I still don't think it is wise to let them get soaked in a hard downpour.
Tip #14) Keep Your Batteries Warm....If you are shooting some great wildlife photography outdoors and it is supposed to be cold, or might be cold, make sure you keep your camera equipment batteries warm. When batteries get cold, they lose their strength fast and could leave you with no power to capture the rest of your cool wildlife photos.