1. Always Have a Camera Handy
Consistent quality photographs require being at the right place at the right time with the proper equipment and the knowledge to use it. Always have an extra battery and memory cards.

2. Read Your Camera Manual
Read your camera manual with your camera in hand, and practice shooting in different lighting, into the sun, with a flash and without a flash. Take notes on what works.

3. Develop an Eye for Light and Contrast
How is the lighting? Is it too bright, from the wrong direction, or too dull? Keep an eye on the sky. Are the clouds moving? If you wait a few minutes or come back later will the lighting be more pleasing? Bright overhead sun can sometimes make for too much contrast and shadows. Mornings and evenings tend to have better lighting for outdoor photography.

4. Keep Looking and Always be Ready
You need patience and commitment. Keep looking and always be ready. It helps doing a little research on animal habitat – where different species are likely to be at different times of the year.

5. Fill the Viewfinder With Your Subject
Too often the over eagerness to get a wildlife shot results in a speck somewhere in the photo. Don’t get me wrong... these shots make for great memory photos for yourself, which is important, but don’t expect all your friends and family to get much out of it.

6. Try Different Angles
Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try different angles – from ground level, from up on a rock. Move around your subject, and have fun with it.

7. Get Out and Have Fun
Most of all get outdoors, and enjoy it for all its beauty!
Basic Photo Tips
How To Take Pictures Of WildlifeBasic Photo Tips

By Jimmy Tohill,
Photographer
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