2. It’s all about Sharp Eyes
Becoming a wildlife photographer is an adventurous journey. When you start wildlife photography, you will be looking for things like - which is the best camera for wildlife photography , what are the wildlife photography books to read. Most importantly what are the wildlife photography settings and wildlife photography tips which you should apply to take best wildlife images.
Well...topics to learn are overwhelming. To simplify, we will learn wildlife photography step by step. Lets get started with Wildlife photography guide. In this photography guide we will learn top 10 fundamental tips to enhance your wildlife photography skills. No matter if you are a beginner or semi-pro wildlife photographer , this wildlife photography guide will tremendously help you to take a better wildlife images and enjoy a journey of wildlife photography.
Here is my personal story when I started my voyage as a wildlife photographer
Click here for a first wildlife photography tip : Always shoot in RAW image format.
Lets dive right into second photo tip
2. It's all about Sharp Eyes
Expression in the EYES of the wildlife makes a direct relationship with you. Your wildlife images will come alive when you capture the the eyes well exposed and sharp.
There are three critical points to photograph sharp eyes
Acquire sharp focus on the eyes. If wildlife is out in the open then back button autofocus is extremely helpful. If the wildlife is behind the trees or grass then focussing eyes can become trickier. I switch to manual focus and focus on the eyes manually. In the clutter because of busy foreground and low light, sometime lens autofocus struggles to acquire focus on the eyes.
Incase your camera doesn't support back button autofocus still you can perfectly focus the eyes using single point autofocus mode.
Lens aperture and depth of field - Capturing sharp eyes requires fine control on the depth of field. If the depth of field is too shallow then eyes can be out of focus. Depth of field is primarily controlled by controlling Lens aperture and lens focal length. In most of the cases aperture values of f/5.6 to f/8 are generally useful to capture sharp eyes.
To learn more about Depth of field control, Here is a beginners guide on How to control depth of field using lens aperture and How to control depth of field using lens focal length.
Exposure is critical when you capture eyes. There is chance that eyes will be underexposed or covered with shadows. Expose the eyes in such a way that catchlight in the eyes is visible when image is captured. A bit positive exposure compensation such as +1/3 or +1/7 will be helpful to capturing the details in the eyes.
Next time when you photograph wildlife or birds keep an eye on the EYE .
This is a short and stunning photo tip for you-
Focus, control the depth of field and expose the EYES - your wildlife images will come alive !
Equipment used ( Amazon link )
Camera : Nikon D7100
Lens : Nikon 70 - 300 f/4.6-5.6 AF-S VR ( Image 1: Shikra )
Nikon 80-200 f/2.8 AF-ED ( Image 2 : Bonnet Macaque and Image 3 : Owl )
Memory Card : Sandisk Extreme pro 32GB SD card
Support : Gitzo tripod for Owl image. Handheld for Shikra and Bonnet Macaque image
Software used for post processing : Adobe Lightroom
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