10 Expert Tips in Taking Incredible Wildlife Photos

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Last Updated: Jul 3, 2014

A cub cuddling its mother or a predator stalking its prey, if the wildlife photographer captured the right moment, these scenes will never fail to captivate.

You don’t have to be in iCNN or National Geographic to be a wildlife photographer. All you need is the camera and the passion for wildlife.

Here are some expert tips in taking amazing wildlife photos:

  1. You should have enough passion for the great outdoors. You have to stay outside in long periods of time to find the perfect moment for your photo. You must be comfortable being in the wild.
  2. You don’t have to jump straight to the African Savannah if you want that perfect wildlife photo. If you are still a beginner, you can start at your local zoo, and then later on, explore the nearest national park.
  3. If you have enough money to invest for your camera, splurge on super telephoto lens. It helps you zoom in further and capture high quality photographs.
  4. You may use tripod for your normal photographs, but when it comes to wildlife photography, leave your tripods at home. There are no stable shots in the wild.
  5. Just because you are in the wild doesn’t mean you will immediately find the right shot. You may have to wait for hours, days, or even weeks to capture that perfect photo. So, be patient.
  6. Have your own perspective when taking your wildlife photos. This is like, putting your own special recipe when you are cooking if you are a chef.
  7. Just like human beings, you will know what the animal is saying through its eyes. The right moment always includes the eyes.
  8. You must be well versed with your equipment. Study it and explore all its features. You don’t want to go to the Amazon, find a rare bird and then you don’t know how to turn your camera on.
  9. You don’t know when the perfect moment will happen because animals are always unpredictable. So, always be prepared and anticipate.
  10. Don’t hold back when taking pictures, shoot as much as you can. One of those shots will prove to be the moment you have been looking for.

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