April 2010
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Tips for photographing wild animals in their context, in their settings

Tip 666 (Get the animals in their own settings): When you shoot wild animals in their natural settings, just don’t go for capturing their emotions. Catch them such that what you shoot reflects both the animal and the spirit of their surroundings.

Tip 667 (You need to feel for the environment): When you are shooting wild animals, you need to feel for the setting of the animals in the wild, their freedom; it helps if you are deeply in love with the entire setting.

Tip 668 (Plan the logistics of your trip): For the professionals, a trip to the wild side is not possible without doing some planning of the logistics. Plan for the equipment you need to carry, plan for each of the days in terms of where you will be, what is the equipment you would need, and review this plan on a regular basis. This helps you making your trip more efficient.

Tip 669 (Carry enough backup and do the backup every day): If you are out shooting, chances are that you would be shooting a large number of photos every day, filling up the media cards you carry. Make sure that you have enough time set aside every day for taking a backup of all the shot photos (categorizing them in terms of some basic level tags for later review), and charging the batteries for the next day.

Tip 670 (Learn about new locations): In the past, whenever I have gone on some shoots, I have found that it makes sense to learn details about the locations you are going to. For example, if you are going to a new wildlife sanctuary, then you should find out which are the animals more likely to be found there, which are the watering holes that they can be found in and at what times. Doing such pre-planning helps save a lot of time.

Book: Photoshop CS4: Essential Skills (Photography Essential Skills) (by Mark Galer and Philips Andrews)

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