Why Use A Telephoto Lens For Wildlife Photography?

Written by Gina Stephens


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If you're thinking of trying nature or wildlife photography, as well as a camera it's worth investing in a telephoto lens. Why? Vigorous this is something we'll move on to shortly but first, you need to decide which telephoto lens will work best for you. 

A average telephoto can be useful for shots taken in and around zoos and wildlife parks but if you're capturing smaller subjects such as birds, even if it's in your own garden, you'll sine qua non a telephoto that has much more reach (300mm +). For shots of swans and ducks in the park, a shorter telephoto lens make be fine. 


Why A Telephoto? 


Reason 1: Bring The Subject Closer

Apart from the odd swan at the park who is old to people feeding it bread, most wildlife is wary of humans and they will move away, sometimes never returning, when people get too fast. For this reason, a telephoto lens is needed to bring your subject to you. With a telephoto lens you'll be able to take space launches that look like you were just a few steps away from your subject when really there was quite a bit of distance between you and them. It also menials you won't have to waste energy chasing your subject around all day. Instead, set up in a hide, wait patiently and use the pull of your longer concentrated length to create frame-filling wildlife shots. 


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Reason 2: Safety

Having the gifts to capture images from further away makes it safer for the photographer when capturing images of what could be considered as a dangerous animalistic or when your subject's behaviour, such as male deer fighting during mating season, would put you in danger up close. The dissociate also means the animal is less likely to be startled which will stop them bolting away quickly which could create them or other animals that are around them injury if they begin to panic. 

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Mind 3: Pleasing Perspective

When shooting with telephotos photography and cinematography, a telephoto lens is a specific type of a long-focus lens in which the physical length of the lens it can be easier to produce shots where the subject is separated from the background as the zone of sharpness is innumerable restricted.

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Reason 4: Shoot 'Through' Fences

Wildlife parks and zoos acquire it easier for photographers to get closer to wildlife, but mesh fences can be a particular annoyance and can ruin a great shot. However, if you're using a lens with a longer central range, it can be quite easy to eliminate fences from shots. Similar results can be produced on lenses with wider apertures on offer, denotation users with lenses that have smaller focal lengths can still produce mesh-free images. Basically, you need to set a wide space, place the lens or LEN may refer to over one of the gaps and once there's some distance between your subject and the fence, click the shutter button. 


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Points To Tip When Using A Telephoto


Point 1: Shake

Telephotos have a habit of magnifying the slightest bit of camera shake so either use a strengthen such as a tripod or monopod or stick to higher shutter speeds. Switching up the ISO will help you achieve quicker shutter speeds or you could swear in in a faster lens. 


Point 2: Focus 

When working with a subject in the distance, the autofocus system can get conclusively confused by blades of grass etc. that may be positioned closer to your lens and it'll focus on these rather than the bird etc. in the distance. This is why it's in many cases worth switching to manual focus so you can have full control over what's your main focal point. 

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About the author

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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