Techniques for Wildlife Photography

ashok mahindra's techniques for wildlife photography

Story required, not a field guide

  • Use Exposure Mode - Manual with Auto ISO

  • Use Back Button Focus

  • Use AF-C only

  • Use Single point Auto-focus

  • For flying targets move to Group-Area AF or Dynamic -Area AF(25 or 72 points)

  • Aim for the eyes

  • Get down for eye level shots

  • Decide on the composition first and then move the AF point as close to the eye as possible

  • Centre is boring!

  • Use adequate shutter speed for sharp photos

  • Shoot in "Burst Mode",at the fastest frame rate for your camera when action starts and continue until the action stops

  • Move closer to the subject, if possible to avoid heat refraction(waves)

  • Think Quality over Quantity and become more selective. Naturally, as the portfolio grows fewer shots of similar subjects will be taken

  • If you have a good subject where there is potential - stick with it

  • Sometimes a partial animal works well, like head shots of portraits

  • Favour great light conditions, like early morning and late evening

  • Shoot in RAW

  • Keep the histogram more towards the left axis without touching it.Histogram touching the right axis is bad news

  • Toggle between "Blinkies" & "Histograms",to get the right exposure

  • Keep cropping down to less than 25% of the overall image.Certainly try and keep 50% of the image.

ashok mahindra's planing for wildlife photography for each safari trip

  • Make a list of target species

  • Make a list of target techniques that need improvement

  • Practise before the safari, particularly any new equipment