Copyright 2004 - Scott Bourne All Rights Reserved

Copyright 2004 - Scott Bourne All Rights Reserved

I’m continuing my tip series with some new wildlife shooter tips.

a. Stay downwind of your target. Many animals have superior sense of smell. If they catch your scent you could either become prey or more likely, scare them off.

b. Approach animals slowly. Collapse your tripod when approaching. The fully extended tripod with legs sticking out and thrown over your shoulders often concerns the animals. It’s a shape they generally don’t like. Move slow and don’t stress the wildlife.

c. Shoot portraits if you have a long enough lens. Don’t be afraid to include habitat regardless of your gear.

d. Look at extreme detail. Shoot the patterns in the animal’s coat.

e. Keep it simple. When you’re photographing wildlife, remember that you’re telling a story about the animal. Anything else that you decide to include in the frame needs to support that context and story.

f. Shoot at eye level. Direct eye contact makes most wildlife pictures more compelling.

g. Don’t forget silhouettes. Shoot the animal at dawn or dusk against a colorful sky for dramatic effects.

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