Beginner’s Guide to Wildlife Photography

If you have been bitten by the photographer bug, then it is only natural to look to the world around you for inspiration. Every photographer takes the odd wildlife shot – but not every photographer sticks it out. Why? It’s an art form that requires dedication, commitment and skill. However, if you don’t have the right equipment it’s easy to be put off.

How to Learn Wildlife Photography?

Unfortunately for all of us, it isn’t just a matter of strapping on a camera and taking zoom shots of the nearest animal. In fact, 80% of wildlife photography is patience. The animals will not come to humans – they have learned humans are dangerous. So most of the time you find yourself lying in tall grass, in bird-spotting shelters, or sitting as still as you can so you don’t scare anything away.

The more you blend into the background, the better shots you will get. Lying in wait for the perfect moment is one of the best ways to get the shot. Don’t believe us? Ask Tilakraj Nagaraj, 2019 winner of the comedy wildlife photo award.

If you want to get better, quickly, without lying in the long grass getting rained on, then we suggest any beginner wildlife photographer should upgrade their equipment. Getting the proper gear for wildlife photography will minimize your workload and capture some brilliant shots, to boot.

Digiscoping Improves Wildlife Photography

Digiscoping Adapters, placed on the end of your camera, allows you to mount a scope. A telescope/telescopic lens. This lens allows you to get up close and personal with the wildlife – from the open window of your car, the safety of your tent, or the side of the road. When you scope, you don’t need to get down and dirty.

That being said… Once you’ve got the bug; you’ve got the bug. You will shortly find yourself climbing trees with said adaptors, trying to get a better angle, capture something nobody else ever has, or just generally photograph outside-the-box. 

The Benefits of Digiscoping Nature Pictures

Why go to all that bother? The level of detail you encounter from a digiscoped image will be a hundred times what you get from a zoomed-in shot. Better; the clarity, crispness, and steadiness of the picture will all pop on the page. It is for these reasons that birders digiscope frequently.

When you are a beginner wildlife photographer, digiscoping adaptors allow you to get a great shot, in close-up, without blur. Instead of waiting in the long grass for hours, you only need to wait until the creature in question turns its head in your direction. 

The thing is, there isn’t any point in chasing down the big wildlife without a scope. It is every photographer’s worst nightmare that they miss the perfect shot. That could be you, if you don’t get close enough for clarity. You want that animal to be visible from the moment it comes into frame, until the moment it is out of your sight.

That’s how perfect wildlife pictures are made – and that’s why you need a digiscoping adaptor, a scope, and just a little bit more patience than you think you have.

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