Practical considerations of working from a hide
What factors should you be aware of in order to be as prepared as possible to photograph your chosen subject?
1 FIND THE BEST LOCATION
Find a location where you can photograph your target species with minimal disturbance, and make sure you have the landowner’s permission. choose a hide that best suits your needs.
2 GET THE LIGHT RIGHT
understanding the light at your location is vital and should be the first thing you consider. Generally, a north-facing view is best as the sun moves from east to west through the day.
3 KNOW YOUR SUBJECT
subject knowledge is key to making the most of a hide, and this includes where an animal is likely to be or how it can be encouraged into a good position for your envisioned image.
4 CONSIDER FIELD OF VIEW
Most hides have a limited outlook so this should be considered along with the setting and background. Often you will hear your subject before it comes into view.
sometimes you will have to construct your own hide from materials at the location. This might be due to limited space or simply because it’s the most practical solution.