In order to create beautiful images of birds on a consistent basis it is important to understand the many elements that combine to make a good photo. This includes: exposure, composition, light, sharpness, perch, pose, and background. However, these components are not absolute rules that must be followed in every image. As a matter of fact, some of the best images are those that break some of the rules or that are “outside of the box”. Nevertheless, understanding these 7 elements as a starting point will inevitably lead to better bird images.
Make every picture worth a thousand words! Successful wildlife photography requires much more than just getting technically perfect photos of animals striking interesting poses. Instead, the wildlife photographer must strive to capture his or her subjects within the broader context of the environment by telling a story. Light, color, motion, composition, and the magic of
Whenever you include the sky in your photos, chances are your compositions will look better if there are clouds—the right kind of clouds, that is. Photographing clouds is really important for landscape photography in particular, but I find the presence of clouds to be useful with other types of outdoor photography as well. Look for
Backlighting is a dramatic photography lighting style that will get your images noticed. Although it can be challenging to master, the stunning results are well worth the effort. Check out these helpful backlighting photography tips today!
Reflections – whether in mirrors, water, or other reflective surface – are a creative way to enhance the artistry of your photographs.
Use of out-of-focus areas in your photos helps separate your subject from your background, and gives your photos a creative look.
You may see articles on wildlife photography (including mine) mention “fill-flash” when discussing technique and how to improve your wildlife images. If it sounds a little mystifying to you, don’t worry. It’s not that complex, especially today with the tremendous interactive metering capabilities of the newer cameras and dedicated flashes. Before we get to the
Portrait photography is not just about people, it can apply to wildlife subjects as well. Proper technique and subject knowledge is equally important in capturing great images of wild animals. First and foremost, know your subject: its behavior, fright/flight distance, how dangerous it is and when to back off if you are disturbing the animal
Photographing animals in the wild can be difficult and stressful for both the animal and the photographer. Try taking pictures from specially set up photo blinds to get up close and personal with your subjects.
To improve your wildlife action photography, you don’t need to photograph only wildlife. Photographer Dave Welling suggests practicing on whatever subjects you have access to. For example, local sports teams can provide opportunities to improve your action photography skills.