In this episode of OPG LIVE, Ian Plant, managing editor at Outdoor Photography Guide, discusses some of his secrets for taking compelling wildlife photos. He also answers a number of questions relating to wildlife photography, including tracking moving subjects, using auto ISO and shutter priority mode to ensure always getting sharp images, and other topics.Be sure to follow Outdoor Photography Guide on Facebook , Instagram and Pinterest!
OPG LIVE: June 2017
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Thank You! Your info was great and helpful!
I love this LIVE show! Thanks Ian and Lillia! Great info!
What is your technique for tracking moving or flying animals[birds]
When taking pictures of wildlife habitat do you use a square polarizer and ND filters, and if so how do you use a square polarizer with split ND filters.
How do you get your flash to project when you are over 40 to 50 feet away?
How about shooting in manual mode with auto iso – then you know you control both shutter speed and f/stop?
What if you HAVE to shoot through a window to capture wildlife? what advice do you have?
You do landscape photos so do you use HDR on your camera?
When shooting Auto ISO, I have my max set at 3200 which on my D610 produces a lot of noise while shooting forest animals. Is that high enough or is no max and keep shooting best practice?
I have noticed that wildlife photographers tend to shoot tack sharp & don’t use much of motion blur in their photography; whereas I feel that since you are shooting live animals, one should introduce some motion blur for creativity. What’s your take on motion blur?
What equipment would you take on a wildlife safari where there a luggage limits flying small airlines?
Deer on private property. The field is full of medium size trees with bright sunlight between. Because of the Texas heat, the deer stay in the shade. The distance between the road and deer is 60 -100 yards. Using a zoom lens with a max of 450mm crop factor. what’s the best scenario for exposing the deer without blowing out the background in the sunny surrounding? There is a new bunch of babies that are growing quickly.
Best GND filters to use for sunrise/sunset?
To get a sense of motion, do you try panning at a slow shutter speed with a moving animal?
How can I capture wildlife landscape photos that mimic 35mm film without the light compensating feature of modern digital cameras ?
Which would be the best shooting mode for example, eagle, owl perched but may dive down to a river or in the high grass, you know your light is going to change after the raptor has dived of it’s perch?
What is the best technique when you’re photographing animals in the rain? I am always worried my camera will get ruined.
When do you use flash in wildlife photography?
Best wildlife lens for getting close on a D500
beginning wildlife photographer…what is the best lens to be using to learns with…[nikon…200nn or 300 zoom)
Just joined in…..my hubby is buying me a new lens! Can you recommend a great wildlife lens for the D500? I want close….
Best camera, full frame or fast dx like the Nikon D500?
What camera do you recommend for birds and wildlife? Full frame or fast dx like the Nikon D500?
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Hi Ian, I´ve seen you do a lot of focus stacking while doing landscapes. I would love you walk me through your process step by step,especially how do you choose the location of your focus points. Thanks a lot, you are a huge inspiration
Hi Gustavo, my entire focusing process (including focus stacking) is described in great detail in my Focusing for Landscape Photography course: https://www.outdoorphotographyguide.com/product/focusing-landscape-photography-ebook-video/
I appreciate your live show!!
I have noticed that in Kenya due to the vast savannah one tends to get clean backgrounds. If one shoots from a low angle, you get the sky in the background as well. If you have part sky & part savannah as your background, would you consider it a bad photograph?
What is your favorite time of day to photograph wildlife, dawn or dusk?
Dawn is better. The light is better, the animals less skitish and predators often still on tte move before setling down for the day. This is in South Africa.
Looking for techniques to shoot birds high in trees against sky – could be blue or gray or loudy