Take professional wildlife snaps
Wildlife photography expert Thomas Harris gives you the tips to work some animal magic
1/ High shutter speed – this is essential to freezing fast movement, but working in this way means good light is essential, so set your gear up appropriately. You can up the ISO on your camera – I use a Canon 600D ($ 519, canon.com.au) – although this will reduce the sharpness,
and set your snapper to focus continuously to catch those fast-moving critters. 2/ Flexible lenses – animals like to keep their distance so it’s good to be able to zoom out if you need to. My Sigma 150-500mm lens ($ 999, digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au) does the trick, though it’s usually stuck at 500. 3/ Patience – you need to spend a lot of time sitting and waiting to get good images of wildlife.
The best images are often from just by being in the right place at the right time. 4/ Framing – remain calm when your subject wanders into shot. Get down to the animal’s eye level for the best perspective if you can. Choosing the right moment to press the shutter release is also
crucial, as the best images are ones where you can see a glint of sun in the animal’s eye.