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


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


  • 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


Set Custom Control Assignments:

  • Pv Button: AF-Area Mode + Group Area AF


  • Fn1 Button: AF-Area Mode + Dynamic-AreaAF(25 points)


  • Lens Focus Function Button:AF-Area mode + Dynamic-Area AF(72 points)


  • Sub-Selector Centre: Viewfinder Virtual Horizon


Multi-Selector Centre Button

  • Shooting Mode: Centre Focus Point


  • Playback Mode: View Histograms


  • Live View:Centre Focus Point