The Extra Mile: Photographers That Go the Extra Mile To Get Their Shot

Consider these expert tips to take your wildlife photography to the next level

The Extra Mile: Photographers That Go the Extra Mile To Get Their Shot

For many photographers, wildlife photography is the ultimate challenge. Not only are they capturing images in wild and unpredictable settings, but they also need to get close enough to their subjects without freaking them out. Photographer Kevin Dhanda has spent his career trying to capture these elusive moments. In this article, he will share some of his best tips for photographers looking to take on wildlife. From knowing your subject, understanding the light, and positioning yourself in the right spot, read on for all you need to know about capturing perfect wildlife shots.

Get to know your subject

Kevin Dhanda: “Finding your subjects and knowing your subject is the biggest challenge for wildlife photographers. This is the first and most important step in acquiring stunning photographs of wild animals.” Now that you know who you are going to photograph, it's time to get closer and learn more about them. These qualities help wildlife photographers develop their relationship with their subjects and capture unique and emotional images that speak to the heart. Examine their environment A few weeks before you go into the field, Kevin Dhanda suggests taking time to look at the environment the subject is in. It can be as simple as taking a stroll to see if you notice anything in the foreground or background that may interfere with your shot.

Be in the right place at the right time

It's a whole lot easier to get great wildlife images if you're located in the right place at the right time. On the morning of September 9, 2016, Kevin Dhanda was working in the hills outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. He spent all day chasing a group of deer that had recently given birth. "It was nice and overcast that morning and when the time came, I picked the perfect location," he says. "I had a shallow valley, and the sun came through the trees behind me, illuminating a portion of the valley. It was a great location, and it was actually a double-exposure shot that I took with my Canon 5D Mark III." 1.

Understand how light affects your shots

Familiarity and familiarity breeds trust. As humans, we have an innate desire to trust. This is a core component of the relationship between us and other animals and, as a photographer, you can harness that instinct and establish a trusting relationship with your subject. Kevin Dhanda: You need to understand the light. A lot of wildlife is drawn towards light and the best thing to do is wait until the light hits them. If you keep waiting, you'll eventually get what you want. When you find what you're after, approach your subject slowly. Sometimes, you need to wait a bit before you get to your subject to let them get used to you. Then, you just start clicking away at them. Focus on your subject's eyes Before you take any photos of wild animals, look at them from the front.


So, without further ado, here are Kevin’s 5 tips to become a better wildlife photographer. 1. Don't Take Photos of Shrimp Shrimp are extremely easy to confuse. Many photographers mistake them for other similar creatures or pets, such as fish, birds, lizards, and reptiles. Because of this, they fail to see that the shrimps might be alarmed. It can make a big difference when it comes to the mood of the animal, how the picture turns out, and whether the image could even be digitally manipulated. 2. Be Impeccable With Your Workmanship The final product will only have a fraction of the impact if the camera, lens, and camera settings are flawless. Most of the time, I can think of a 100% perfect photograph that had one thing wrong with it.