Wildlife photography is a hugely popular discipline. However, unpredictable animals that move fast, infrequently and erratically can be one of the most challenging shooting subjects.
With the right knowledge, equipment and plenty of patience, some stunning images can be achieved. Just as with sports photography, preparation, position, equipment and expecting the unexpected can be applied to shooting wildlife.
With these in mind, here are six tips for shooting great wildlife images.
Having knowledge of the habitat and behaviour of the animal you are photographing is vitally important and will save hours in the field. Knowing the time of year and day a species is active will help with your shoot planning. Great wildlife images are rarely taken without knowledge and planning.
There’s little point being in the perfect place at the right time and not being able to capture what’s in front of you. Shooting split-second moments takes practice. Consider setting up feeders for birds in your garden and shooting them through the window, or setting up a makeshift hide.
Alternatively, spend time at the zoo with your camera to understand animal behaviour. The more you train your eye and your reaction times to wildlife behaviour, the better you’ll do when shooting in the wild.