Best Wildlife Photography Tip: Shoot Everyday!
An overcast January morning with a slight breeze makes it a bit chilly for my exposed fingers and nose. Perhaps I'd rather stay indoors. But the grass has been mowed around the upper pond, there’s a lot of bird activity, and so it is a great time to go shooting!
Bird photography tips abound. There is everything from concise web pages to multi-volume books on the subject. The tips range from knowing your species to knowing your equipment; tips on shutter speed, aperture and ISO; tips from back-lighting to flash; tips on manual settings to program modes; and tips on anticipating a birds actions.
But the best tip I’ve ever read and have put into practice is: GET OUT AND SHOOT EVERY DAY! I made 2018 my “birding year.” I got outside nearly every day and shot hundreds upon hundreds of birds. Many of those shots weren’t that great, but every once in a while, you snag a gem. Every once in a while that little bird allows you to approach close enough that extreme cropping isn’t needed. Every once in a while you’re on top of your game and get that flying bird in focus. Every once in a while you come upon that rare migrating warbler.
Even if you are deleting hundreds of photos, you are gaining a great amount of practice and experience. So,GET OUT AND SHOOT EVERY DAY!
Photo credits: William Wise.
Nature and Wildlife Photography