Pro advice Andrew’s 4-step guide to better projects 1
DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Research your subject thoroughly before you begin, and continue to do so as you work on the project. The internet is a great source of information on a wide range of subjects. Contact and seek advice from experts, explaining what you want to do and ask for their input. Lastly, you should also join online forums and groups that focus on your subject.
CREATE A PLAN
If you’re undertaking a wildlife project, create a month-by-month calender of the subject’s yearly activity. Then, set out the goals you want to achieve each month, where you have to be to photograph your subject and the images you want to create. This will mean that you’ll put yourself in the right place at the right time.
There will be times when everything seems to be going wrong. Working with wildlife can be both agony and ecstasy. There will be periods when your subject just doesn’t play ball. When times get tough, keep going and never give up. The harder you work, the luckier you’ll get.
As well as spending time focused on taking wildlife photos, you should also take the time to pause and just enjoy being with nature. The various health benefits of spending time in the natural world are well-documented. Spending all of your time looking through the viewfinder of a camera can be exhausting. There will be times when you should just put the camera down and watch.