How would you like to go on safari with me? Perhaps to the Kenyan Masai Mara or the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness! Even though dream photography destinations are amazing, you generally don’t have to go very far from home to get amazing wildlife photography and I’ll tell you how.
Take advantage of your nearest zoo, local nature reserve, and even the wildlife that comes into your back yard. The 10 essential tips we’re about to learn will leave people thinking you’ve been hiding in camouflage for a week in a far and distant land! The truth is, the modern zoo goes to a lot of trouble to give its animals a natural habitat and the animals are used to people in close proximity. Nature reserves provide animals protected habitat and they are also used to people passing through. There are usually great hides to visit as well. It’s all already set up for us…we’ve just got to get out there!
Strap your camera around your neck and let’s get cracking!
1: Choose a Natural Background
Unless manmade obstructions add to the composition and message of the photo, try your best not to include them. Sawdust, wood panels, cement, plastic…they all shout ‘Zoo Shot!’ at the top of their lungs.
2: Don’t Be Afraid to Crop
Building upon the first tip, if you can’t help but snap unwanted objects in your picture, don’t be afraid to crop them out. You can get creative with the angle and composure of the crop too.
Click on page 2 below for tips 3 & 4!