Elevate Your Animal Portraits with B&H eXplora
Animal photography can be an enjoyable and rewarding venture. By understanding the basics of wildlife photography, you can create amazing and iconic images of wildlife of all kinds. Here are a few tips on how to elevate your animal portraits from B&H eXplora.
Get to Know Your Surroundings
Study your environment and know the species that live in it. The first step in capturing a meaningful portrait is researching what animals and birds may be in the area. Knowing the habits of a particular species can help you anticipate where they might be or make observations to capture the perfect photo.
Patience and Perseverance
When it comes to wildlife photography, an ounce of patience is paramount. It can take time to search and find the right subjects and to understand their habits and behavior. However, with patience and perseverance, you can get the perfect shot and make sure that it is well framed with the right elements in the composition.
Understand and master your technical settings. While wildlife photography involves plenty of fieldwork, having the right technical understanding is essential. What aperture should you use? What ISO setting is best? Should you go with manual or auto settings? Metering mode? All of these will affect the look of your photo, and understanding how to use these settings to your advantage is paramount.
Go the Extra Mile
Be creative in your shots and look beyond the obvious. Adding interesting elements to the scene or choosing unique angles can add drama and context to the portrait and can result in stunning images that stand out from the usual shots. Invest some extra time to scout the area for unique perspectives, interesting compositions and mood-setting contextual elements which will all take your animal portraits to a higher level.