3. Don’t Disturb the Wildlife
This applies mainly to smaller animals and insects that you could physically interact with. For example, let’s say you found a beautiful butterfly or a rare species of frog. Some people could be tempted to pick them up and move them to a more desirable location – never do this!
You must allow the wildlife to remain as they are undisturbed. We have no comprehension of what a simple action such as picking up a butterfly could cause for example – you could damage its wings, or upset its behavioral patterns. This is where patience is key – you must simply wait for the right shot to present itself and allow nature to act naturally!
Composition and Shooting Technique Tips
Secondly, we can look at the actual composition and shooting techniques. When taking nature and wildlife photos, there are certain techniques you can use to improve the quality of your shots:
4. Ensure You Have the Correct Equipment
The list of equipment for nature photography is luckily not extensive. You must be prepared however in order to maximize the potential and quality of your photos. If you don’t know what to put in your bag, contact Dave Pritchard for lessons that include a short overview of how DSLR cameras work, followed by several hours of photographing in a location of your choice. The following is some equipment you should consider investing in:
Nature Photography Gear
- DSLR Camera
- Wide angle lens for landscape shots: ideally less than 50mm
- Zoom lens for close-ups: something such as a 70mm-200mm
- Tripod for stability and sharp photos
- Remote shutter release to improve stability and sharpness
- Spare batteries and SD cards
As you can see, you don’t need much – you should, in fact, have most of this equipment already! The backpacking tripod is particularly important so that you can create sharp and clear photos.
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