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Pic Tip: In nature

Taking photography outdoors, focusing on animals, demands patience, good clothing and an expansive array of (expensive) equipment. To get close-ups of lions or hyenas you will basically need at least a 300 mm lens, mounted on a camera that gives you the leverage to get pin sharp shots in the most demanding situations.

The most prominent wildlife photogs strive to do more than mirroring, but rather interpret nature, animal behaviour, seek out their humanity so to speak. Frans Lanting is one of those few that manages to reflect the human condition in his art as a wildlife photographer. His classic book Eye to Eye is an example to follow.

If you don’t possess the necessary equipment yourself there are several options to rent, for instance an expensive 500 mm, a full frame SLR camera etc. A different approach is to rather than portrait animals with extreme close ups, place them in their environment. Good close ups are hard to do, because so many has done it before you – and usually much better at that.

5 tips to good wildlife photography

1. Use the sorroundings. Frame animals or other objects in their natural habitat.

2. Without tripod remember that the shutter speed as a rule of thumb should be the equivalent of the size of the lens. Ex: For a 500 mmm lens the shutter speed should not be set below 1/500th of a second.

3. Squeeze the release, don’t push, as to avoid movement and blurry pics.

4. Use a tripod. On safaris most pictures are taken close to either sunrise or sunset.

5. Be creative. Use fill in flash i combination with low shutter speed, or pan shot animals in movement.