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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Advice of Photographing Wildlife

By SFXsource

Wildlife photography is a very exciting branch of photography, but it requires patience and dedication. It is very easy to become frustrated, but your efforts will be rewarded. Photographers may spend an entire day trying to get one particular shot! These tips are intended to either get you started photographing wildlife, or to inspire you to stick with it. There is a certain awe and beauty about capturing the natural world, particularly animals.

1. The number one tip is to be patient. Easily frustrated, many people will give up, but if you are patient, you may be pleasantly surprised.

2. Don't get too close. It is likely that if you get too close to animals, they will run away. No matter if you are photographing in national parks, jungles, the wilderness, etc., it is of upmost importance to give animals space, and wait for them to come to you if they so choose (animal are very curious).

3. Photograph wildlife in their environment. While it is fun to photograph exotic animals at the zoo, it is more authentic to incorporate where they actually live into the background.

4. Experiment with different shutter speeds. If you photograph a cheetah running with a fast shutter speed, you will freeze the action. On the other hand, with a slow shutter speed, you will get a blurred effect.

5. Occasionally, the wildlife will compose the image for you (this is where it can be good to be patient). If you just look through your lens and observe the animals, you may be surprised and get some unique shots.

6. It will be in your best interest to purchase a zoom lens. Many times it will be hard to get close to wildlife, and a zoom lens gets you closer without putting you in danger and without disturbing the animal.

Don't forget to search for wildlife images by other photographers to give you some inspiration. The work of wildlife photographers can also be found online or in a number of photography magazines.

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