1. You need be in love with animals/wildlife
Now, this is the most obvious of tips you need to consider. If you have a phobia of a particular species or if you’re scared of animals or reptiles in general, then wildlife photography is not the right career for you. You need to not only be comfortable with the idea of spending time in the wilderness you also need to be in love with the animal kingdom in order to recreate nature with your camera.
2.You need to know about the subject’s natural habitat
When you’re out there, trying to capture nature’s most exotic creatures, you need to be aware where you would find a particular animal or insect instead of just wandering about with your camera. Also, it’s important that you know what kind of an environment you will be exposed to, whether to beware of insects of bugs of a specific kind in the said location or whether to be cautious.
3.You need to research thoroughly the subject you’re shooting
It crucial that you know what kind of a creature you’re capturing in a frame in order to get your picture right. There are some animals or insects that are shy or come out only at a specific time of the day, and you might only get just one chance to photograph an elusive subject.
4.Use wide-angle macro for small creatures
A wide-angle macro allows you to shoot small creatures in the context of their environment. If you’re particularly interested in photographing small insects and bugs, it becomes advisory to own a macro lens. Using a 65mm or a 120 mm lens (available both in Nikon and Canon cameras) can help you capture great macro shots.
5.Focus and zoom should be good
Now, when you’re talking about teeny tiny insects and bugs or even distant birds which appear ant-size to the human eye, it’s a pre-requisite to own a lens which has an accurate and clear zoom and focus. This will help you capture your subject in a frame without going near to it and scaring it away. In cases of dangerous or poisonous animals or reptiles too, this lens is a must so that you can create a vibrant portfolio without being chased away by the bone-chilling predators.
6.Use a camera trap
Camera traps are basically remotely activated digital devices with motion or infrared sensors. Camera traps are most useful for capturing wildlife in your camera. Setting up a camera trap can be tricky initially but once you get the hang of it, you can click these interesting beings even when you're not present. This is more useful to catch hold (figuratively speaking) of animals which come out only at night or a specific point of time.
7.Patience is the key
While engaging with wildlife, it is imperative to not disturb their natural life in the process of photographing them. When interacting with nature, you need to blend in with natural processes and not be impulsive or impatient. You should take inspiration from photos from big wildlife photographers and get set go!!!
Written By Smriti Rajiv Sharma