Improve your wildlife photography skills with the help of the following tips:
SIMPLIFY THE COMPOSITION: If the background is distracting, use a wide aperture or portrait mode to blur it. Or use a photo editor like Photoshop to clean up or blur the background.
GO NATURAL: Avoid showing cage bars, fences, humans, and signs. Sometimes there will be a vantage point that allows you to shoot over the top of the fence. Look for these opportunities. Again, use a good photo editor to blur what you couldn’t eliminate while shooting the photo.
FILL THE FRAME: Use zoom (optical for best quality) or a telephoto lens to get close up.
USE SPORTS MODE: Use sports mode or set shutter speed priority to around 1/250 to freeze movements.
USE LIGHT AND WEATHER FOR BEST EFFECT: Overcast days are often best for animal photography. If the overcast isn’t too bright, it will prevent glare from light colored or watery backgrounds. If the overcast is too dark and you have an SLR, raise the ISO. With the right amount of overcast, you can get well exposed, sharp pictures with your compact, and the animals won’t be squinting.
USE CONTEXT: While usually it’s best to fill the frame with the animal, sometimes the context is too interesting to bypass. Examples of using context: a child and baby animal looking at each other or a giraffe’s long neck bent as it peers down at a car in front of yours at the drive-through safari park.
CAPTURE EXPRESSIONS: Animals, whether pets or wildlife, make the cutest expressions. Be ready with your camera! Even just normal expressions like a wolf pup yawning or a tiger licking its lips are pleasing. The more you learn about your favorite species, the better able you will be to get ready for their fun shots.
The Above tips compiled by William Schoellkopf.