Wildlife photography,

Posted Nov 17, 2006
Last Updated Jun 21, 2012
Wildlife photography, it's no longer taking photographs like a documentary photographer. Now days it is serious business, your photos must have impact, and a strong environmental message. As well it should be consistent with a motion. Going beyond, images that will grab our attention just remember beauty, cuteness, and the motions they evoke, the behavior they show, and most importantly the environmental relationship they portray.

Consider The Light Direction:

Most wildlife photographers are diligent about getting out early and staying late to experience that special light when the sun is low on the horizon. However, they often don’t put nearly as much effort in choosing the light direction, I see many choosing front lighting NOT good think about it. Front lighting is clichéd. So make your subject look unique, try using light from different direction, backlit situations works well with translucent body part and a rim light you got an almost mystical look.

High Contrast Scenes:

Combination of sunlight and shade can work in your favor. So take advantage of your film’s ability to handle high-contrast situations. When the sunlight falls on your subject, and the rest of the scene is in shaded. So you can focus on the subject, just meter the highlights and let the shadows fall, play with the scenes.

Use flash:

Flash Photography, Many times the subject is cooperative, but the light is ugly. Maybe there’s too much contrast and the pattern of light and shadow is impossible to work with. or flat light from cloudy and what light there is it may look drab. Fill –Flash can light up your shadows in a high-contrast scene, it will surely bring out the color of your subject on an overcast day. Don’t overlook this too tool in your quest for strong wildlife images.

Shoot Tight:

Wildlife shoots must be tight, all to often subject are way out in no man’s lands, these photographs are not enough to show expression or deal of your subjust.by shooting tight we are grabbing the viewer’s interest, and the nice thing about tight shoots they are more artistically. Beware shooting tight requires a powerful lens and a tolerant towards your subject, never hurt or stress your subject, they safety comes first.

Treating Your Subject As An Equal:

Any wildlife photo implies a relationship between photographer and subject. Looking down on the subject puts it in a position of lesser importance, like a pet or servant. Since we want viewers to see our subjects as special. Don’t shoot down on them the subject should be on the same level as the viewfinder. So, sore knees and dirty pants often are the marking of the seasonal wildlife photographer. Capturing animal behavior is perhaps the most obvious and often the easiest method of talking photos that are more than snapshots.

More Action:

Animal behavior is perhaps the most obvious but and some action and you got more then a snapshot. So with simple action like walking or yawning won’t get huge response unless some other thing going on in the shot. Like pups playing (Active behaviors) Please remember there is no silver bullet for capturing behavior. It takes a lot of time with the subject, so hang in there.

What’s special about your subject?

Well, in general people are not to inform about nor are they experts in very many animals. Your job as a photogrher is to show them why they are so special. Perhaps it’s a unique physical feature of the animal-eys, tongue, colors, toes.since most of these features aren’t very large, so highlight them usually means getting in close. Your subject features could well be its environment. Maybe like making a snack out of some blossoms and so on. The trick is to balance the image and grad the viewer’s attention to the subject and their environment where it is bad or good, you need to bring it home. Some time people get upset when other people feel or attribute human emotion to animals. To them I say lighten up and get a life. Beside recent studies have shown that many species experience the same emotions as you and me. So if you can a photo of an animal with a discernible emotion or mood, like a mother deer caring for her fawn (and the hunters will still kill them) or bees working together and so on you will make a great connected feeling and the viewer will be immersed in your photo and many just have a change of heart as the way they look at the world of nature.

How’s the weather?

People always are interested in the weather, so always include it in the image. This will tell people what the weather was like and they will linger a little longer on the image. Winter images are always good for this. For one thing a image with a warm blood animal’s breath turns to a steams in cold temperatures, nothing adds life to a image then like a creature’s breath. Flowers are always a good choice to indicate spring or summer and fall will you get the idea.

Show How The Animals Feels:

Some scientists get upset when people attribute human emotions to animals. Well, these scientist need to lighten up and get a life. Besides, recent studies have shown that many species experience some of the same emotions as you and me. It is very important to show the subject(s) motions, this will add great impact towards your photo and the viewer will be immersed in your photographic.


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