Basic Tips For The Wildlife Photographer
From time to time I receive emails from photographers asking for tips on becoming a Wildlife Photographer.
If you have good job and photography is your passionate hobby, why would you want to give up your day job? For a profession that has become increasingly difficult to make a living..Keep your day job and just enjoy your photography
Do you really want to become a full time photographer?
First of all there is no short cut to becoming a successful photographer. You have to be prepared to put in thousands of hours, frustrating hours, you will have to make sacrifices. family time and financially. A photographer will spend many thousands of dollars on equipment and logistics with no guarantee of recouping their monies.
It is easy to set yourself up on the web as a Wildlife Photographer. You buy a website , you open a Twitter account , FB account... etc., you are getting lots of "likes" and comments from friends. Now you are ready to make the big time as a Wildlife photographer.
The harsh reality is that you may not make it. I am not saying give up, far from it, just trying to give you a realistic point of view.
I love photography, I live and breathe it every second, I am obsessed about my work. And the more people who become interested in photography, I believe is a good thing. It means photography manufacturers will have more people to sell too and will continue to produce and innovate for this growing market.
Some Basic Tips For The Wildlife Photographer That I Have Learnt On My Journey
- Do not be afraid to experiment with your compositions, shutter speed, aperture and using flash.
- If possible when you do go out in to the field to work. Try and go on your own. I cannot emphasis how much your work will improve if you "zone in" to the task at hand. If you have distractions you will miss shots and will become very frustrated. And you confidence will take a knock.
- Share your knowledge with other Wildlife Photographers. You may find that they will reciprocate and your knowledge base will increase.
- Find a mentor, someone whose opinion you value. It is very easy to attach emotion to your work. You need an objective point of view. Look at other Wildlife Photographers website. Find a website that has tips and interesting articles on photography. Keep learning, You can never know enough.
- Competitions can be a good benchmark for your photography. And a great way to get exposure. But do not be too disheartened if you do not win. Competitions are subjective. Rather look at the winning images from an objective point of view. Check the compositions, the angle of view, the editing, every aspect of the image then apply the same criteria to your work. And then use it as a motivator to do better.
- Make sure you have the right apparel for your field trip. You need to be prepared and comfortable.
- Digital darkroom, you must be as competent in editing your images as you are at capturing them. There are many forums on the internet to learn more.
- When possible use a tripod. No matter how good your stabilisation is on your camera. Tripod images will always be sharper.