Wildlife photography is somewhat similar to sports photography. You have to be ready at all times to take your pictures because of the speed of your subject. Animals being photographed can sense when they are being watched. Thus, if you want to get good wildlife photography shots, you’ll need to have a camera with powerful zoom lenses. You’ll also need to have a a tripod to get those steady shots. Be aware that wildlife photography is the kind of photography wherein you’ll need to have a lot of patience as this is the only way you’ll be able to get good shots.
Wildlife photography is an inherently risky undertaking so you’ll need to be very careful. Wildlife photography involves taking photos of not just exotic plants and flowers but also wild animals. When you’re photographing aggressive and dangerous animals like lions, tigers, rhinoceros, and even large animals like as elephants and giraffes, it is always best that you use your zoom lenses and to be in a safe distance from the wild animals. These animals, being wild, are very unpredictable. They sometimes charge a person even at a distance for no apparent reason at all. Thus, if you are a wildlife photographer, you should see to it that you are fit to run and take cover at the slightest sign of danger.
To enable you to take clear pictures of wild animals at a distance, you have to use your zoom lenses. Make sure that your zoom lenses are in the best condition possible because you will only be wasting your time taking those shots if they don’t deliver good and quality pictures.
In wildlife photography, you are exposed to all the elements: the sun, rain, winds and the terrain you are in. It’s a good idea to check the weather and temperature of the place where you intend to shoot wildlife photos. As a precaution, bring along items like raincoats, thick sweater, extra pair of boots and such in case there are changes in temperatures and weather conditions. Again, remember that wildlife photography involves patience: you’ll have to wait for the right time to take your shots, and that includes waiting when the weather and temperature conditions are right.
When you are in the wilderness to shoot for wildlife, open your senses to other possible wildlife photo opportunities that may come your way. Perhaps your intent is to shoot wild gorillas, but a large snake slithering across a fallen trunk is a good photo opportunity.
Wildlife photography is exciting, but it it is very dangerous. Again, take care to distance yourself from wild animals that you are taking pictures of. Be alert to danger signals.