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Essential Tips to Wildlife Photography

January 15, 2018

Any wildlife safari experience is incomplete without a good camera, and some great wildlife photography shots. However, taking some perfect shots consists of a lot more than just pressing the shutter release button. There are a lot of technicalities that go into producing one perfect shot than what most of us would imagine. 


To gain some insight into clicking some of the best wildlife photography images, and for some much-needed photography tips for beginners like us, we got in touch with Mohamed Nanabhai, a young photographer enthusiast based in Arusha who has been practicing the art as a hobby since 2011, and has just recently taken up his talent professionally. 


  1.  Back Button Focus: The Back Button Focus option can be a total game-changer while doing wildlife photography. A camera generally has two types of focus modes; single and continuous. The single mode is usually opted for when the subject is stationary, while continuous mode is opted for when the subject is moving. While photographing wildlife, the photographer can never be sure about the movements of the subject, which makes it hard to select one focus mode. That is when the back button focus option comes to your rescue. Using this option, one can snap shots of the subject with beautiful precision, without worrying about the movement of the subject. Depending on your camera model, back button focus either needs to be turned on in the menus and you then assign the function to a dedicated button, or it is already active by default. Unfortunately, some entry-level models may not have the ability to use back button focus. If in doubt, check the manual.

  2. Shoot Low: If shooting a subject from close proximity, make sure you are not shooting from a height. Pictures shot from lower height turns up looking much better comparatively. While shooting a subject from a distance, shooting from a good height could give better results.

  3. Focus on the eye: While doing a closeup shot, make sure you focus on the eyes of the subject. A viewer’s attention is always drawn toward the eye, as it gives life to the subject.

  4. Good light: Shooting in good light is the unsaid and the foremost rule of photography. However, while shooting in the nature, where the lighting cannot be controlled, it is best to shoot during the prime hours. These hours are usually during the time of dawn and dusk (2-3
    hours before dawn or after sunset), when the sunlight is not too bright, and the beautiful colors of red, pink and purple submerging in the blue sky makes every shot even more enchanting.

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