Take pro­fes­sional wildlife snaps

Wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy ex­pert Thomas Har­ris gives you the tips to work some an­i­mal magic

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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.

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