Photography tips: Wildlife
I read a great piece today about wildlife photography and I couldn’t help but share with you all! These tips may come in handy one day whether you are a professional photographer or a novice. After all, it doesn’t hurt to have more knowledge about these things anyhow. Please be responsilbe both towards yourselves and the world we live in. Should you find some time in your busy schedule, you might want to head over to WWF and see what they stand for.
Image used under Creative Commons from fusion-of-horizons
1. Know Your Equipment
Be sure to familiarize yourself with your camera settings and accessories, so that you know how it all works. You don’t want to be fiddling with dials and buttons or tripods when you’ve got an exciting wildlife moment right in front of you! For nature photography, knowing your camera should be second nature… The beauty of digital means you can practice with all the settings very easily, with instant feedback on what they all do.
The last thing you need is to stress about taking quality photos while travelling. I mean, you should enjoy the outdoors and whatever that you like doing while on vacation. I for once, like to leave the camera out of the picture for at least 2 days while travelling. This way, I get to enjoy my trip without jeopardizing it. Whatever it might be, make sure to have have fun!
10 Travel Photography tips
I have lost count of how many times I’ve came home and regretted not having done something to get better pictures when I was traveling.
Luckily, each time that happened I learned from my mistakes. Now I want to share them with you so you don’t need to learn the worst way.
The tips apply for professional jobs and for your vacation pictures.
1. Make a List
Search on the internet – Google, Flickr, 500px, etc. – for images of the places you are going to visit and have a first look on them. Pay attention to the light, the colors, the possibilities to explore in the field and find out the best locations to take your photos.
On Flickr, for instance, it’s even possible to check the time in which the picture was taken, so you can know how the light is in that particular site at that time. A little geeky, but really helpful for me.
The possibilities of the research on the web are pretty amazing and endless. For food photography, for example, you don’t need to find a restaurant with pictures on the menu, or spend some time inspecting what people around you are eating before ordering your meal. You can find information and pictures of local food in advance and choose the best looking dishes, so when you go to a restaurant you know exactly what to order to take photos of.
Don’t run the risk of finding out later about a great place you missed when you where there.
Moon Valley, a beautiful place I missed in my first visit to La Paz, Bolivia.
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