EX­PERT IN­SIGHT Keep it cl ean

NPhoto - - Wildlife Masterclass -

Back­ground is another area where wildlife im­ages of­ten fall short. You wouldn’t take a por­trait of some­one with a rub­bish dump in the back­ground, and the same goes for wildlife sub­jects with leaves, twigs and other dis­trac­tions in the back­ground. When­ever pos­si­ble you should po­si­tion your sub­ject – or more usu­ally your­self – so that the back­ground is as clean as pos­si­ble, as this gives you more flex­i­bil­ity in terms of depth of field. At f/4 even a busy back­ground will blur out, but if you want to set a smaller aper­ture to get your sub­ject sharp from front to back – as with Tracy’s Hot­shot here – the cleaner the back­ground, the bet­ter.

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