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Tips on Wildlife Photography #2
Submitted by M19118 on 2013-03-07
2. Preparation. Action often comes unexpectedly on a safari, and even if we’re not talking about a Cheetah taking down an Impala at 60 miles an hour, an animal you want to photograph may only look up at the vehicle for ... view more a few seconds as you arrive and then put its head down again to carry on resting or feeding. Having your lens cap on and your camera switched off in between taking shots will mean that you may miss out on the best opportunities of the trip. Dust is just something you have to live with on a safari, though the effects can be mitigated by regular cleaning of your gear and by keeping it covered with a cloth while you are not using it (camera on lap covered by cloth), and by not changing lenses while out in the field (see point 4). And batteries can be charged, and you should have a spare with you anyway, so there’s no reason to turn your camera off during any given drive. Cap off and camera on! In the photo below, there were only a few seconds available to catch the action – pick up camera, point and shoot! No time for removing lens caps and turning cameras on…
Tips on Wildlife Photography # 3
Submitted by M19118 on 2013-04-09
3. Format. Use RAW. Many amateur photographers are unfamiliar with RAW format, and stick to Jpeg as a result. If you are at all serious about photography, forget about taking Jpegs and switch to RAW. The basic advantages ... view more are that a RAW file has far more ‘information’ in it than a Jpeg, and as a result means that you can do a lot more with it in the processing phase, such as pulling back an overexposed sky. Secondly, a RAW file can be worked on without losing any data, and the editing can be undone at any stage, so the original can be kept as the master copy, and Jpegs or TIFFs created whenever they are needed. Of course this means that you’ll need a software program to be able to edit and convert the RAW files (such as Adobe Photoshop or Elements, or the Digital Photo Professional bundle that comes with Canon cameras), but a program like this is absolutely essential anyway. With RAW you'll be able to save photographs that, if taken in Jpeg format, would have been headed for the recycle bin!
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