Tips for Someone Looking to Take Professional Photos of Wildlife

Do you love nature? Do you love capturing it? If yes, you must also love taking pictures of wildlife. If you are this kind of person, you might also want to raise your rank and become a professional in taking wildlife pictures. Let’s see how you can capture professional wildlife photos. 

Know Your Camera

You should study your camera specifications.

Explore Your Gear

Knowing about the equipment you use makes a huge difference. Wildlife gives rare opportunities to capture their moments, so it is important to change camera settings quickly. If you don’t know how to switch from one mode to another or don’t know the purpose of the modes in your camera, you will miss the moments that wildlife gives you. 

What Should You Know Regarding the Camera

Here are things you should explore prior to taking pictures. 

The Shutter Speed

You should know what shutter speed you should use when taking certain pictures.

How Can Rapid Shutter Speed Add to Professional Pictures

A rapid shutter will control the speed of the animals that are not still. You can capture still pictures by setting the shutter speed to 1/300 or even more. 

Aperture Mode

Many professional wildlife photographers prefer setting their cameras to the Aperture Mode. By this, the camera will be managing the shutter speed. The shutter mode often captures exposed images causing your pictures not to have a natural effect. 

However, when you use aperture priority mode, the camera will choose the shutter’s speed according to the exposure. It will also deliver the correct exposure by reducing the shutter speed.

The Light is the Key

The light’s direction, color, and intensity can greatly impact the quality of your captured images.

Golden Light

The moments before sunset and after sunrise are beautiful moments when the sun is golden. It is, respectively, the time for the animals to rest and rise. You must manage your sleep schedule to get images in the golden light. Sleep timely and get up before sunrise. Reach your location to capture professional pictures. 

Which Light of the Sun Should You Avoid?

Avoid the hours of the day during which the sunlight is extremely harsh for the pictures and your eyes. This light usually starts at 10.30 am and lasts till 4 pm. However, if you get a cloudy day during these hours, you should avail the opportunity. Clouds will filter out the perfect amount of sunlight so you can click amazing pictures. 

The Dark Light Effect

A dark effect is produced when the sunlight falls on the back of the animal. Such images are captured to give the effect of a light rim around the animal. 

Sun Facing the Back of the Animal

Photographers who click pictures with the sun behind them use Axial Lighting. This type of Lighting generates illuminating pictures.

‍Sunlight at the Sides of the Animal

You get sideways light images when the light is on the left or right side of the animal. This gives a dual effect as one side of the animal will be dim while the other will be in the light. 

Take Pictures of the Wildlife in Pairs or Groups

Taking a picture of one animal is good, but capturing the pair or the herd in one picture is excellent.

Capture the Details

Try to capture the animal while eating. For example, picture a deer eating from a deer feeder. You can also aim to capture animals feeding their babies. 

Stay Calm

Take precautions and be patient. You might have to visit the same location daily and wait for the same animal to come outside. You might also get nothing for days. Just be patient and don’t quit. 

If you are not patient, the images can appear blurry and shaky. Don’t take wildlife photography as a burden but as a time of relaxation.

Select a Clean Background

It will not matter how focused your pictures are; the picture might not stand out if the background is not free of other objects intervening. Focus on the animals you are aiming for. Blur out the rest of the background. 

Reduce the focus on your background. You can capture pictures at f/4 to get a good blurry background.


It doesn’t matter if you are not a professional photographer; you can still reveal pictures that look professional. Once you understand wildlife and learn the fundamentals of your camera, you can certainly click wonderful pictures. 

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