Important Tips For Wildlife Photographers
Charge your batteries, carry spare batteries,
Nothing worse while in the field photographing and you run out of battery power.
Make sure you format your memory card to your camera body. Always carry spare memory card.
Know how to work your camera, be able to set up the menu system to suit your style of wildlife photography.
Always use lens hoods, avoid unnecessary lens flare and dust.
Carry at least two lenses, one telephoto and one wide angle.
Know how to switch on the lens stabilisation mode.
Know your F-stops from your Bus stops.
Have your camera switched "on" with correct settings.
The last thing you want to happen is to have the camera switched off and with wrong settings when the action kicks off.
Always photograph in Raw, this allows total control when editing your image, if your editing skills are lacking, shoot Raw and Jpeg.
Use a stable platform whenever possible, avoid hand holding unless you have no choice. Do not ruin an image by it being unsharp.
Blurr busy backgrounds by shooting wide open this will focus the viewer's eye on the subject and not a distracting background.
Eye to Eye
Always try and focus on the eye of the subject to make an engaging portrait.
Use your wide angle lens to show "the animal within its environment." Sounds easy, but it can be challenging to make an interesting photo showing the subject and its environs.
Rules and Guides
Learn all the rules of composition, not just the rule of thirds. There are many guides, rules and aids to help you make an engaging composition. Once you have mastered them, then your photography will reach the next level.
Go Low Go High
Shoot low, shoot high, cover all focal lengths and angles. Biggest mistake by photographers is photographing from the same position all the time, go low or high and see how your angle and perspective changes, makes for rewarding images.
Be different, don't always be shooting tight portraits and the same old unimaginative images. It is not easy to be different and come up with a unique photograph. Most of your attempts will fail, but when you get it right, your photo will have the "wow" factor.
The more you know about your subject, their behaviour, their habits and actions, this will help you to get into the right position to capture a great photograph.
Patience is a virtue
Patience is critical to successful wildlife photography, be calm, patient but always be ready.
Don't be that photographer that makes the zebra or giraffe run or have someone chase them for you.
Do not shout or make noises to get a reaction from your subject.
Do not change the behaviour of the animals to get a photograph.
Do not endanger yourself or the subject.
Learn how to edit in the digital darkroom, the better your editing, the better your photograph will be. Don't be shy about learning the art of black and white photography.
You have to be as good at editing as you are at photographing.
Print and Share
Print your best images hang them in your home.
Share only your best images on social media.
Be the biggest critic of your own your images, if in doubt ask opinions from photographers you trust will be open and honest.
Do not give away your best images or copyright for free.
Exhibit and show off your best photographs.