How to Master the Art of Wildlife Photography: Expert Work

Photography has the power to change the world. Wildlife photography workshops teach how to photograph animals and birds in their natural habitats. It requires many skills such as the ability to manage a multitude of lighting situations, hand-eye coordination, and composition, follow the focus, patience, good exposure technique etc. Exposure technique is very important as animals usually are found in a multitude of lighting situations, and each animal demands your understanding in the best way to attain the correct exposure.

An Example Should Be Provided Here To Make The Matter Clear To You

Art of Wildlife Photography

Art of Wildlife Photography


 So, for instance, at sunrise and sunset, you might have a chance of encountering any of different types of lighting. Front lighting is regarded as the easiest way to expose as the direct and low-angled light is poured in most of the areas of your subject which would be in shadow. Time plays vital role wildlife photography. A picture, taken 2 or 3 hours before the sunset will definitely differ from a picture taken just 30 minutes before the sunset. And time assumes importance mainly because of the lighting. Light keeps changing throughout the day.

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Important Of Sunrise and Sunset in Wildlife Photography

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The light coming from the side is another feature of illumination at sunrise and sunset. It creates vocal textures, long shadows, the alluring interplay of light and dark. Side-lighting sometimes throws real challenges to built-in camera meters because if the shadows are too many in number, then the meter lightens them in its goal of making the scene middle toned. Perhaps this is not desired by a photographer as shadows are usually dark relative to highlight.

Important Of Backlighting in Wildlife Photography

Now let’s move to backlighting. Backlighting offers one of the most interesting types of lighting photographer dreams of. Some moments such as sunrise and sunset are really fleeting. It is very challenging to capture a picture at these moments because of they last merely for few seconds. Therefore, you should be very careful and prepared for the very moment.

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You would pinpoint the area in the frame (which you want to be properly exposed) with the help of a handheld spot meter. A Precise spot-metering capability of handheld meter makes the photographer able to read the scene exactly by selecting the middle-toned portion of your subject. Most of the digital SLRs have a feature of spot metering mode. But they read only 3-5% of the scene instead of the much prominent 1-degree angle that only Sekonic meters can read. If your limitation of reading is limited to 3-5%, the zone that is going to be measured may appear too large. Even you may find it including more than the middle-toned area. Good exposure depends on the ability to read the middle tone, middle gray of a subject. You need time to develop sensitivity to light which helps you to identify the areas of your subject. When you are able to zero in on what middle gray is looking like, you will get spot-on exposure.

List of Camera recommended for Wildlife Photography

Canon EOS 7D (Body only) DSLR Camera

Nikon D500 (Body Only) DSLR Camera

Nikon D3300 (Body with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18 – 55 mm F3.5 – 4.6 VR II Kit Lens) DSLR Camera

Way of Capturing Moving Subject like Professional Wildlife Photographer


Sometimes you may find your subject moving too fast to be captured. Then what should you do? In such cases, it is quite impossible to take a precise reading because the light and subjects are continuously changing every second. An experienced photographer, in this situation, will take a spot reading on the middle-toned area of the background. The reading will be accurate if the area is getting the same light as the subject. When it is difficult to handle metering mode to handle, you should switch to the incident mode on the handheld meter. This incident reading analyses the ambient light coming from the sky and also falling on the scene. Everything will be perfect when the light of the meter and the subject is same. Otherwise, the light of your subject may fool your meter. One thing you must remember that in the incident mode, the tones of the subject and the scene are not relevant.

Need Time and Patience to Become a Professional Wildlife Photographer

This field of wildlife photography is too vast to be grasped at a time. You need time and patience. All the professional photographers who have inspired you a lot have not got perfection in a single day. They have worked on the field since years, gathering experiences. Some experiences came in the forms of success while some came in the forms of failure. But their patience and love for this profession ultimately reach them at a position where they are standing now. And these two things should grow in you spontaneously, the wildlife photography workshops cannot built these things within you.

Wildlife photography workshops teach not only to set the camera and fix the lens properly. Character of the animals and environment has vital functions in this type of photography. Animals also have personalities and an ideal picture should expose those personalities. At the same time, it is not possible for you to work really tight with long lenses all the time. Your pictures should reflect their environment too. To capture their environment, you should use wide-angle lenses to offer the viewers a hint of the location where the animals dwell.  You can show the living of the animals, the weather of the location at the time of your shooting. You should not run only after charismatic mega fauna all the time. Charismatic mega fauna indicates the big animals that draw the most of the attention of the viewers or the tourists. Big animals are no doubt essential. But beauty of life exists in many tiny forms as well. These tiny subjects are really beautiful and interesting. The main thing is that you need to observe your surround always, even when you are hiking or sitting in the car and eagerly waiting for something exciting to take place to be captured within the frames.

An ideal photography workshop should start providing practical knowledge from the very basic level. This experience will help you throughout your entire career. There is something which cannot be taught, you need to realize them by yourself. And your experiences will allow you to realize these things and sense something to anticipate before the actions. If wildlife is your passion, then you should attend only those workshops which are really beneficial.