How to Take Amateur Wildlife Photos

Our founder loves to take photos of animals when she travels. You will notice her photos from time to time on our Instagram and Facebook feeds. She's been asked how she does it, so here are a few tips on how to make it happen.

  • Take your first photo quickly.
    Don’t mess around with settings, angles and lighting. Just take the photo. Animals can move rapidly so this ensures you get something, anything, of the viewing to take home.

  • Optimize your settings.
    For animals that are moving, shoot using a fast shutter speed. 1/500th of second or faster, but adjust ISO accordingly.

  • Capture the eyes.
    Ensure you have at least one of the animal’s eyes in the photo. Capturing the eye draws you in, creates more interest, and gives the viewer a glimpse into the expression of the subject. Two eyes are best.

  • Capture the feet. An improvement in composition can mean the difference between a snapshot and a photograph.

    In general, if you cannot see the animal’s legs or feet due to tall grass, deep snow, or other view blockage, leave enough room in the composition to imagine them. This goes for other parts of animal. Try not to take photos that take off a tail, antlers, or other part of the body. Of course, there are exceptions, but you will find your photos to be a little more pleasing if you have left room for the entire animal in the view finder.

  • Shoot in soft light.
    Morning and evening light are best, your photos will be softer and less harsh. This timing also coincides with when most animals are most active.

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