STE P BY STE P
Take remote control
1 Get set up
Find a location frequented by animals – birds or squirrels are a good place to start. Use a lens with a focal length of around 16-28mm. Compose your shot with your camera close to ground level. If your tripod doesn’t allow for this, prop the camera up on a rock or clump of grass.
3 Attach your trigger
The best way to trigger the camera remotely is with a wireless release (our Hähnel Captur triggers cost around £55/$90). Alternatively, your DSLR may have a wireless remote feature built-in. Set the camera to Continuous High Speed drive for a rapid-fire succession of shots.
5 Guess the focus point
Autofocus won’t work here, and it may scare the animal away. Instead we need to guess at the focus point using Manual focus, then rely on the exposure for enough depth of field to cover the area. Focus on the spot where the animal will most likely be – such as the pile of food.
2 Adjust your exposure
Aperture Priority mode is best for this as we can set an aperture of around f/8, which should give enough depth of field to work with. As for ISO, we need it to be high enough to allow for a shutter speed that will freeze the action – at least 1/100 sec. Here we’re at ISO2000.
4 Place the food
To entice animals into the right position we need food – and be sure to use healthy food that’s been approved for your subject. Observe where the animals like to sit or perch, then scatter food around the area and place a pile in the spot where they’re likely to appear.
6 Keep your fingers crossed!
Move away, downwind of the camera, and wait. Animals are more likely to approach if they’re used to the camera, so it might take a while until they’re comfortable enough to approach. It’s tempting to shoot as soon as they come near, but wait until they’re settled, then fire off a burst.