Wildlife photography is a genre that I haven’t ventured much into, unless you count taking photos with my iPhone at the zoo and wild animal park. And before you discount that, I was *this close* to a lion who stared at me before spraying me and stomping off. Thankfully, there was a solid pane of glass between us.
Another photographer that didn’t have much experience photographing wild animals is photographer Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens. He wanted to test out the Tamron 150-600mm so he called up his dad who used to be a National Geographic wildlife photographer. Jay P.’s dad gave him some tips which he shares with us in the video below.
- Head to the National and State parks
- Use a tripod
- Telephoto lenses are a necessity
- Shoot early in the morning
- Take your time
- Extreme lighting can make great lighting conditions
- Capture social interactions between the animals
- Use the lost wallet technique
- Set your camera to continuous mode
- Shoot at a high shutter speed
- Have a backpack accessible with all your necessities in it
If you’re interested in dabbling in some wildlife photography or in the Tamron 150-600mm, Jay P. is even giving away one of the lenses to help you get started!
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For those experienced wildlife photographers out there, do you have any tips to add? Leave a comment below!