When I’m not shooting for clients at different events I like to get out and about in the countryside to relax with my camera. I have found wildlife in its natural habitat is the best way of chilling out for me, and do my very best to get out as much as I possibly can!
I have jotted down my thoughts on wildlife photography for you guys to thumb through if it helps.
- Learn and realise the limitations of the equipment you have. If you don’t have a
professional lens costing £15,000 then you will never get images that sell for thousands of pounds or hit the front cover of National Geographic magazine. Once you get to understand this you will not beat yourself up all the time when looking at other photographer’s work.
- Research locations and the best place to capture what interests you have, you won’t want to get cold wet and hungry waiting for anything your not interested in!
- Leave the house with one subject in mind that you want to concentrate on capturing and don’t get distracted by other wildlife you may see. As your watching everything else I promise you you will miss the shot you originally wanted and kick yourself. Remember you can always go back next time!
- Have patience. You will never get the shot you have in your mind after 10 minutes! Learning your subjects habits and the area they live and walk in may take months of trying with thousands of deleted images until you get one your are proud of – Alan McFadyen took 6 years and 720,000 attempts to takes the perfect shot of a kingfisher).
- Dress appropriately to the weather and the environment your shooting in packing to be out in nature for hours on end.
- Learn and master your camera setting and focal points in a public hide. Compare notes with other photographers as well.
- Be prepared to travel not all of us are lucky enough to have amazing wildlife on our door steps, although I am very lucky living in Reigate as there is some great wildlife nearby.
- Set up a hide in your back garden, wild garden birds that are attracted to nuts and feeders can be just as beautiful as a king penguin diving into the frozen ocean and some what cheaper to capture!
- If finances allow then I recommend going on a photographic holiday. A lot of the work is done for you as your trained guides take you to the front door of the wildlife you want to shoot.
- Never give up or expect an award winning image straight away, do it because you enjoy it and sitting in a hedge for 12 hours wont be so painful!
I am a professional photographer based in Reigate in Surrey. Please feel free to check out my portfolio that includes many of my wildlife photos.