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Tips for Wildlife Photography

Text & Images by David Akoubian


© David Akoubian
150-500mm, 444mm, f/8, 1/4000 sec., ISO 1250
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Tip #1) When photographing birds in flight, using an autofocus selection that covers about 30% of the viewfinder will aid the camera in tracking the bird.

© David Akoubian
150-500mm, 500mm, f/8, 1/250 sec., ISO 1000
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Tip #2) Waiting for the animal to make eye contact with you, or until a light strikes the eye, gives more interest in the face of the animal.

© David Akoubian
150-600mm, 460mm, f/8, 1/320 sec., ISO 400
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Tip #3) When photographing male animals during their mating season, you can see specimens of the species at their best. Animals will frequently show domination towards others in the herd, which makes for great photographs. Find the best-looking subjects in the herd.

© David Akoubian
70-300mm, 80mm, f/8, 1/3200 sec., ISO 800
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Tip #4) Don't always focus on filling the frame with wildlife, sometimes zooming out and including their environment strengthens the composition of the image.

© David Akoubian
150-500mm, 500mm, f/8, 1/2000 sec., ISO 800
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Tip #5) When photographing birds, getting a lower perspective as close to eye level as possible with the bird makes a much more personable image and strengthens the overall composition.



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