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| p.1 #5 · How to become a better wildlife photographer? |
Very good idea for this thread. I don't know about anyone else, but I am certainly going to compile what I learn here.
Two things that have helped me, especially with birds and animals, is to learn as much as you can about behavior, so that you can try to anticipate what might occur. Such as juvenile Osprey calling for food, start looking for Mom or Dad returning with fish. Or the movement of an Owl or Eagle prior to take off. Doesn't always work, but it does help.
Especially on BIF, shoot through the action, don't just stop when you think it is done, go a couple of more frames. This gives you a better chance for keeping focus and composition on your last "keeper" shot.
Look for the unusual, try a weird angle, go Portrait once in a while.
I have vacilated between full Manual or Aperture Priority with Auto ISO on my Nikons. Whichever you do, be constantly checking as things change rapidly.
While I do ignore more "throw-aways" these days, I still will take some of those ISO 3200 shots before I get good light for two reasons. The first is to get myself into the "shooting mood", the second is that once in a while something really cool happens, even at 1/50th of a second and 800mm.
But by far the most important thing is practice, then practice again. Good thing, it is really tough to wear out a CF card.