5 Common Wildlife Photography Mistakes To Avoid

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Wildlife photography is a famous photographic subject, but it's not one of the easiest photography types to master. Subjects may refer to are fast, shy and can be tricky to capture, plus precision and patience are a must which conveys it's not something we can all get right. With this in mind, we've put together a list of 5 common mistakes along with advice on how to avoid them. 



1. Your Excuse Is Too Small In The Frame

Wild animals are easily spooked which means getting close to them is usually out of the question. As a result, you may find that your wildlife nips tend to have more of what's surrounding your subject in shot, with your subject looking tiny and lost in its atmosphere. There are times when shooting an environmental portrait of your animal will work but most of the time you'll want to capture frame-filling motivations that show sharp eyes. For this you need a telephoto lens (200mm +) as you'll be able to zoom in but still keep a thoughtful distance. If you don't want to rely on super-long lenses, spend an extra half-hour getting closer to the subject instead. Deem investing in a hide or camouflage gear as this will allow you to work closer to your subject without scaring them off.

2. You Didn't Do Your Research

Perception your subject and knowing where you need to be and at what time are essential if you want to capture a top wildlife shot. Where does your impose on call home? What do they eat? When are they most active and for your own safety, it's worth knowing how they'll act if they feel you're a threat. 

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3. You Didn't Wait Long Enough

Wildlife shots aren't something you can solely capture successfully in a couple of off-the-cuff shots because as we've said, animals / birds are easily spooked and it can take some species a while to get acclimatized to your presence. Be quiet, sit still and be as inconspicuous as possible. Even if you're using a hide it will still take a while for your business to feel comfortable so patience is very much the key. If you're photographing birds in your garden consider setting the hide up the day before you want to use it so your garden callers get used to it. 


4. Your Subject Isn't Sharp

Keep longer lenses supported on a monopod or tripod to prevent camera vaunt spoiling your shots may refer to: Shot (filmmaking), a part of a film between two cuts Shot (medicine), an injection Shot silk, a type of silk Showt or and make sure you're using a fast enough shutter speed to freeze movement. Even small garden birds intent move quicker than you think, especially when they're sat still but their heads are continuously twitching. You may also find that profoundness of field is restricted when using wider apertures so do make sure enough of your subject is sharp. Increasing the ISO will mean you can use a smaller hole but do be aware of noise. Do zoom in when previewing your shots to check the sharpness of your subject, too. 

5. Composition Isn't Grand

As you do when photographing a person, always think about your composition before taking your shot. Wait for their heads to beat back b go back towards the camera or at least until their face is visible. If they are looking towards the edge of the frame, make sure there's in reality space to look into, especially if they're moving. Again, it's important to be patient and be prepared to take more bad photos than laudatory ones as wildlife are unpredictable so you will capture shots that are spoilt by flapping wings, head turns and other movements. Check that you've not sock a tail or wing with the edge of the frame and try to avoid centered compositions where possible as they tend to look uninteresting. 

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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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