Your Guide to Wildlife Photography
We all at some point desire to go somewhere to commune with nature. To secluded areas, to forests, to jungles and marvel at the beauty of mother nature. It’s always best to carry along a camera to document your findings and adventure. Having a gear doesn’t necessarily mean knowing how to use it. Jay Dickman, a National Geographic guide us on getting the best shots.
Be Patient: Ultimately, you’re trying to capture a one time moment during your whole adventure, and that may happen for just a fraction of a second. Just give the opportunity time to arise.
Don’t Let Your Equipment Burden You: A heavy duty high res DSLR camera would not equate to you taking better shots but according to Jay, more times often this equipment ends up getting in the way. By carrying a more compact camera, you can quickly move and adjust to react to any quick movements of the animals.
Always Be Ready: It takes just a second for something breathtaking to happen, and you need to be ready to capture it. Jay Dickson says weatherproof Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera lets him shoot no matter the condition. He also carries the Pro Capture feature which takes up to 60 frames per second. He gets up to 15 shots with a single shutter press and captures the animal in its peak action.
Always Carry An Extra Camera: With your backup camera on deck, you save time on fumbling to switch lenses hence missing out on that one time moment. With two cameras you can efficiently use two lenses at the same time and our expert Jay says that most wildlife photographers always have a wide-angle zoom lens to capture animals in their habitat from afar and a long zoom lens so they can also catch all the little vivid details. The best way to make sure you’re able to carry and comfortably switch between the two is by purchasing the BlackRapid Double Breathe strap which can hold two cameras at once.
Invest Time Into Researching The Location: Jay Dickson tells us that when he is contracted to shoot for National Geographic, he can spend up to 70-80% of the time researching the area on which he has to snap. You must first understand its habitat and environment and how it interacts with it. It also gives you better insight on what time of the year to go and where to position yourself to get the best outcome.
Shooting in RAW format: RAW images mean uncompressed digital files and most pro cameras can capture these types of pictures at high speed. The reason why you should always consider shooting RAW instead of the more common JPG format is that according to our expert, the more the data info on the photo the more versatile you can get when processing it to obtain the exact image that you want.
Invest In Fast Lenses: Fast here means a lens that can let in a lot of light as the experts tell us that the Wildlife photography demands lens that can cope with low light scenarios such as early morning or late evening.
Utilize The Back-Button Focus: This ensures a more accurate focusing process which comes especially handy in shooting quick moving animals.
Invest In Fast Memory Cards: This is to avoid the slow buffer caused by using a cheap memory card. Purchase a memory card that can get up to 60 frames at 15 fps before you hit the buffer.
Seek Stabilization: Use stabilized lenses that will efficiently remove the motion for tack sharp telephoto images.
You should also always consider contacting a professional to recommend the proper camera system that will be perfect for you and your adventure.