I have had a passion for wildlife photography, and British wildlife photography in particular ever since I picked up a camera. Having spent a few years, and hundreds of hours out in the field, dabbling in British wildlife photography I thought it was time to share a few things I have learned on my journey. So here we have it, 5 British wildlife photography tips that will help you improve your wildlife images:-
1. British wildlife photography tips – use the right photography gear
If you want to capture the best British wildlife photography shots the top (and probably most obvious tip) is to use the right photography equipment. First off let’s look at cameras. At the end of the day you can use whatever camera you lie for British wildlife photography, and whilst there are a few different types of camera to choose from (comprising point and shoot cameras, bridge cameras, micro four thirds cameras and dslr cameras) I would only ever use a dslr camera.
I use two dslr cameras for my photography, comprising a full frame Canon 6d and a crop sensor Canon 7d. Even though the 6d has better image quality (thanks to the full frame sensor) I never use it for wildlife photography as my go to British wildlife photography camera is the 7d, and the reasons for this include:-
Whilst I highly recommend the Canon 7d I appreciate there are other brands of dslr cameras out there with the same specification as the Canon 7d, and as long as the camera has a quick autofocus, high burst rate and a crop sensor it will be suitable for British wildlife photography.
Lenses are another key bit of photography equipment and to get the best wildlife photos you need to make sure you use a suitable lens. Taking photos of wild animals requires a zoom lens, and the longer (i.e. the higher the focal length) the better. The lens I use for British wildlife photography is the Canon 100 – 400L IS USM lens, and whilst it is expensive (compared to some lenses) it is great value for money and an affordable super zoom professional L series lens. When I was looking at buying a super zoom lens for British wildlife photography I was looking at two different lenses, comprising the Canon 100 – 400L IS and he Canon 400L prime lens. After a lot of research, a lot of reading reviews, asking a lot of questions on photography forums and taking several test shots with each lens I opted for the Canon 100 – 400L IS lens and the reasons are as follows:-
Having the best camera and best lens constitutes 90% of the photography equipment you need to capture awesome British wildlife photography images, so get these two elements right and you will be well on your way to capturing some stunning wildlife photos. The camera and lens combo I use, and can recommend is the Canon 7d and Canon 100 - 400L IS lens.
"The Canon 7d is my wildlife camera of choice combined with the Canon 100 - 400L IS lens"
2. British wildlife photography tips – Use the right settings
In order to capture the best British wildlife photography images you need to use the right settings for the situation you are in. This may seem like an obvious thing to say, but you need to dial in the settings as quickly and accurately as possible, and in order to do this you need to know your camera intimately.
Before going out to take wildlife photos I suggest you have a play with your camera, get to know what it can do, work out all the settings and work out how to change those settings. You should know your camera so well you can change all the key settings looking through the view finder whilst preparing to take the shot. If you can’t do this I recommend you learn as being intimate with your camera will significantly increase the number of keepers you get.
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