OPG LIVE: June 2017

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.

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36 Responses to “OPG LIVE: June 2017”

  1. william Cox

    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.

  2. Joe Hudspeth

    How do you get your flash to project when you are over 40 to 50 feet away?

  3. Jorgen

    How about shooting in manual mode with auto iso – then you know you control both shutter speed and f/stop?

  4. Mary

    What if you HAVE to shoot through a window to capture wildlife? what advice do you have?

  5. Joe Hudspeth

    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?

  6. Parag Bhatt

    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?

  7. Frances

    What equipment would you take on a wildlife safari where there a luggage limits flying small airlines?

  8. Thomas Evans

    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.

  9. Frances

    To get a sense of motion, do you try panning at a slow shutter speed with a moving animal?

  10. Dennis

    How can I capture wildlife landscape photos that mimic 35mm film without the light compensating feature of modern digital cameras ?

  11. Jack

    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?

  12. Ania

    What is the best technique when you’re photographing animals in the rain? I am always worried my camera will get ruined.

  13. Cary

    beginning wildlife photographer…what is the best lens to be using to learns with…[nikon…200nn or 300 zoom)

  14. Eve

    Just joined in…..my hubby is buying me a new lens! Can you recommend a great wildlife lens for the D500? I want close….

  15. Tom

    What camera do you recommend for birds and wildlife? Full frame or fast dx like the Nikon D500?

  16. Gustavo Costa

    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

  17. Parag Bhatt

    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?

    • Quintis

      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.

  18. Gary Meek

    Looking for techniques to shoot birds high in trees against sky – could be blue or gray or loudy