Some of you may find the following tips really basic. And they’ll be right… that’s the point!
Nevertheless, I invite all photographers, whatever their level, to read these tips.
The novice photographer can find tips that will help him a lot. And the more experienced photographer will have a revision that will do him the most good!
And above all, never forget: a photograph will never be worth the life of an animal.
Another sentence is also worth remembering: in some cases, the best picture is the one you don’t take.
In short! Be respectful of all life forms. 🙂 Enjoy your reading!
Yes, I am well aware that this first advice will make you smile. Of course, how to take animal pictures when you are locked between four walls. Impossible, of course.
Going to the field is therefore the first thing to do.
But then why the hell write such a Lapalissade? Just to insist on an essential, I would even say vital point: go outside as often as possible!
Because the more you are in the field, the more likely you are to encounter the animal species you are looking for.
It’s silly to say it, but it feels better to say it.
Do you think that the photographers who make you dream are always lucky? No! They’re on the ground as soon as they can. One could just say that they tire out luck by being persistent.
The second advantage of being in the field very often is to get the local wildlife used to your presence. I don’t say “tame”, obviously not.
It is just that the animals that will see you, hear you and smell you daily will get used to your presence.
An example? Well, look at what happens in observation centres where a large number of visitors pass through: birds are quite close to the public because they are used to it.
No kidding! 🙂
Question Lapalissade, isn’t this one bad? But I’ll tell you why and especially when:
- You must be patient before taking the picture. In other words, wait for wildlife to come to you when you are on the lookout.
- You will also need to be patient when taking the picture. Don’t rush into it when the subject is there! Especially if you’ve been waiting for him for hours. Do not disrupt this waiting time by pressing the shutter release button in burst mode. The leak will be systematic. Taking the time to wait. Over and over again.
- Be patient again after the session is over. I know you are very excited to see your images on your computer’s large screen. Nevertheless, do not make this almost irreparable mistake! If you leave the site hastily while the animal is still on the site, you shoot yourself in the foot because it may change site in the future. Wait for the necessary time to reverse.
- The latter advice depends on the species. For a young wild rabbit, no problem, you can leave discreetly even if it is still there. He’ll get over it!
Again, I’m very close to breaking down open doors! But what do you want, the basics are the basics.
And then the danger with the fundamentals is that if not to forget them, at least to pay less and less attention to them. Routine, habit, certainty, can, in the end, make the photographer forget that he must move slowly.
Because very often, the same thing happens: caught up in the excitement of the moment, in the excitement of a final approach, we forget to go slowly. We take fewer and fewer breaks, and we restart the progression too fast or too far.
It’s a bit like swimming breathing. Unlike what we do outdoors, swimming makes us aware of our breathing.
Well, tell yourself that moving slowly through a ball bend should make you aware of each step you take.
Slow steps of course.
Be silent… but make noise
No agreed subject for this part, but rather a contradiction. Not just any one of them, you’ll see it soon.