Basic compostion tips for wildlife photography

April 05, 2019  •  4 Comments

     Composition tips for wildlife photography

Subject isolation : Profile shots avoid clutter, keep it simple. Long tele lens gives you shallow depth of field. Red Avadavat(Amandava amandava)_D4S0814Red Avadavat(Amandava amandava)_D4S0814

Flowers and leaves enhance the frame of this Sunbird.

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Though the background looks completely camouflaged, it is not distracting in this Tiger shot.

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Wait for birds to sit on a natural perch. When birds are perched on wires birds you can shoot just for  documentation. Avoid keeping your subject dead center, off center works very well, unless the subject is looking straight to the camera.

Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)-Juvenile _D4R5832Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)-Juvenile _D4R5832

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Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), I composed in the center, as it was looking straight into the camera.

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Leave some space in front and top of the subject. Don't keem them in tight frame.

Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus)_D4R4254Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus)_D4R4254

When shooting birds, try to catch light in the eyes.

Red wattled lapwingRed wattled lapwing

Don't cut any main part of the subject. Head turn is important in bird photography. Try to get eye contact.

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Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum)_DD32154Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum)_DD32154

Background makes a difference, try to get green background for the birds. Try different points of view to get the best background.

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If the sky is blue then it is fine, avoid feature less sky.

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Try different perspectives, use different focal lengths of your lens.

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Elephant herd at Dhikala, Corbett National park, taken with 70mm focal length

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Same herd taken with close up 200mm focal length.

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Try to capture them with natural framing.

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Baby elephant_D4S29081Baby elephant_D4S29081Asiatic elephant (Elephas maximus),Jim Corbett National Park ,Uttarakhand

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These are some basic composition tips. Framing is subjective, so try to get out of box composition, and try your own style of framing.

Experiment a lot, enjoy making the images.

Happy clicking.

Rathika Ramasamy

 

 

 


Comments

C.prem.s_captures(non-registered)
Can i get tips for motion photography..?
Sagu Bane(non-registered)
Amazing images ! Such beauty only can be found in nature.
Awesome had a great time reading this.
Dhanaraj Palanisamy(non-registered)
Beautiful pictures and clear shot dear sister RathikaRamasamy Congrats
Ks(non-registered)
Very useful tips, Mam. Thank you so much for sharing some valuable tips.
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