How to photograph wildlife ?
How to photograph wildlife ?
Important things to know:
Before going into the details, there are some things to speak about.
-Dangerous animals: anything can harm people from the size of the Barnacles to the size of the Blue whale. Better to carefully study the area you fish to visit.
-Hunters: Usually in wildlife hunters can appear, better to know their usual schedule, method, etc. Hunters shoot people every year, even people not exactly in the forest, where they hunt.
-Abandoned areas, no cell phone covered areas, dirt roads, hardly accessible places – good to have a plan for each scenario. A headlamp is perhaps a useful equipment, together with a compass, basic first-aid box, food, matches, a walking stick and many other.
Choose the area
Perhaps this is the most important thing to have quality results, carefully select a good place to visit. Know the area as much as it is possible, where to photograph what, when, how, etc. A good method to ask National Park people about the situations, timing, possible species, etc, ask other photographers, etc.
Seasons and timing
It is important when we visit the area for how many time. I think a longer period of time (almost a day, several days) even rarely is much better than to spend little time even frequently. There are special occasions is specific times, which can offer fantastic photographic opportunities: deer ratting in Autumn, Mayflies mating, winter crane migration, etc. Daytime dawn and dusk is usually the best time to make photographs.
Equipments for photograph wildlife ?
The most important part of the equipment is a wildlife photography lens, if we use DSRL camera. For an Aps-C sensor sized camera such as the Canon 650d,700d, 60d, 7d or Nikon D3200,D5200,D7100 the effective focal length started at 400mm. Up to 200mm perhaps good for butterflies, bugs, 300mm is good for example in a water canal where animals are not far, but most of the cases even 400mm is not long enough. Around 600mm-800mm would be ideal, if money and weight is not a problem. According to me the prime lenses are the best, such as Canon 400 f5.6, Nikon 300f4 with 1.4 extender, etc. For framing the zooms are better, but they are usually huge, bulky and heavy, and not so sharp as the primes. Brightness and stabilizer are two important things: The real question is not that how bright is the lens, but where is it sharp enough, and has satisfying colour, and contrast. Here the primes are usually better: the Canon 400f5.6 are sharp, while the zooms only usually sharp at f8. This is one stop difference, this is very important in the shade or in the forest.
Clothes for photograph wildlife ?
Better to have something not so obtrusive colour as white or coloured clothes. Green or brown is the best or something similar as the landscape we visit.
-Using a hide
-Use existing hides, towers, natural hides
-From the car, boat or air plane
-Using special equipments like horns to attract Deers for example