How beginner photographers can take better wildlife shots

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How beginner photographers can take better wildlife shots

4 September 2015
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When you have a good quality camera, there are limitless possibilities as to what you can take photos of. Perhaps you are learning about photography because you want to take better photos at special family occasions, or maybe you want to take your camera travelling with you. Things, however, get a little bit trickier if you want to shoot at a moving target. Many aspiring photographers would love to take beautiful snaps of wildlife but are put off by how complicated it seems to be.

With patience and perseverance, your wildlife photography skills will soon improve. Just use these tips and you'll see positive changes sooner rather than later.

Use a tripod. A tripod is a sound investment if you want to take pictures of a moving target. Combine the movement of the animal with the movement of you hand, and you will end up with some blurry snaps. But with a tripod to keep everything still, you'll be able to capture the moment as it passes with total clarity.

Get on the level of your object. Too many photographers start out feeling limited by their standing position, but actually you can experiment with lying down, getting on all fours, and standing on tip toes to get different perspectives. If you actually get on the level of the wildlife that you are shooting, they will fill the frame in a far more compelling way.

Invest in binoculars. In order to take photos of wildlife, you need to have a really clear sense of what's around you. There are many things that you can miss with your eye alone so it's a very sensible idea to invest in a pair of binoculars so you can notice small details from the ground, where insects scurry, to the sky, where the birds will soar.

Spend time in the great outdoors. When it comes to wildlife photography, patience is the magic ingredient. First of all, you need patience to wait for a particular animal to emerge. But beyond this, you should spend time outside in the natural habitat of your choice to get to know the habits of the wildlife you are trying to shoot. If you have a sense of how particular animals interacts with each other, where they choose to eat, and at what time of day they emerge, you are far more likely to get the shot you are looking for.

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Capturing the Truth in Portraits: Complexity and Shadows

My name is Barbara, and I've been taking photos for years. Portraits are my thing. I don't want them scrubbed or sanitised or over-edited. I want them true to the person they are capturing. I want them raw and complex, but still beautiful and simple. My three kids, who are fifteen, twelve and seven, are mu favourite subject, and, in some ways, taking their photos is something that brings us closer and helps me to see them. I love to write, so I decided to put this together. It's everything you need to know about photography. If you see a mistake or a typo, forgive me – I'm usually writing between editing pics while my kids are bouncing about or playing video games. Thanks for reading. Barbara.