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