Develop your skills

Develop your skills

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What better way to show off your skills than to enter a few photography competitions! 

Develop your skills as a wildlife photographer to capture magical wild moments.

1. Start simple

Try starting off by photographing things that won’t run away.

2. Know your camera

Learn about the various buttons and settings on your camera and practice taking shots using the different settings to see how this changes the picture.

3. Look at the light

Notice where the sun is. Light also changes depending on the time of day or the weather conditions, so try taking shots in the early morning or at dusk.

4. Composition

Think about the composition of your photo.  This means deciding which things to include in your photograph and where they appear.

5. Get close up

It can be very difficult to get close to wildlife, and hard to get a good shot of a shy creature that runs away.

Be quiet and still

Movement and noise will easily startle wild creatures, so you’ll need to master the art of staying still and keeping quiet!

Be invisible

If an animal can’t see you then it is less likely to run away.  Using camouflage will help you fade into the background – it’s a bit like wearing an invisibility cloak.

6.  Be patient

Remember that wildlife won’t always do what you want it to do!