Wildlife photography tips with Ram贸n Carretero!

With little or no control over your subject and very little control over the conditions wildlife photography can be very challenging! 馃槹

But don’t worry, having just launched #Animals2019, we wanted to help you out and so got in touch with some of the best wildlife/animal photographers from the AGORA Community.

Starting with Ram贸n Carretero (@ramoncarretero)!

So if you want to succeed in #Animals2019 look no further, you鈥檙e in the right place 馃憤

Follow his 5 top tips and you’re sure not to go wrong! 馃憞

Besides being a software engineer, Ram贸n Carretero (@ramoncarretero) is a photographer, nature lover, animal advocate and specialist in management and conservation of the Iberian wolf! He considers photography, like his Wolves & Sharks exhibition, a magnificent tool to spread the love and respect that nature and its threatened inhabitants deserve.

The wild look – try to capture it

Many animals have intense stares. Capture it, especially in portraits, and your shots will be more powerful, connect with the viewer and show the animal in all its glory, as the magnificent living being it is, whilst also making the viewer respectful of them.

Wolf stalking in the bushes

Action in the wild is fast, capture the right moment!

There are moments full of intensity, beauty and even drama that the human eye can’t even appreciate! However, your camera can! Try to anticipate the animals behaviour (researching the species before your session helps), understand your equipment’s functions so you have the ideal setup and use burst shots with high speed! Sometimes you won’t only get the right moment, but also capture a unique incident, making your image breathtaking!

Female of kingfisher bird (Alcedo atthis) eating a fish

Don’t forget about the background!

Some potentially very good photos are ruined by a bad background. Change your position, shooting angle and bokeh to get the background you want in a way that reinforces the role of the subject. Playing with the exposure can help too for example, in high contrast light conditions, a shadow background can be turned to black with proper underexposure.

Big male deer howling in rutting season (Cervus elaphus)

Practice makes perfect

In order to improve go to places where your chances of seeing photography wildlife are really high, something that is not always certain in areas of wilderness. You could, for example, take pictures in areas close to your home that you know better such as parks, in photography hides or in wildlife rescue centers. In this last instance you could even collaborate with the center spreading its work with your photos.

Butterfly

Chase and adapt yourself to light.

In wildlife photography sometimes we either have the animal but not the ideal light or the ideal light but not the animal. Not to mention that sometimes we don’t even have any light at all. Fortunately, however, there are times when we have both! That’s why it is important to chase the best light and plan for the best days. Although you must also learn to to make the most of any situation and develop your creativity. Don’t get frustrated if the light conditions are not what you would like and accept the challenge!

Great white shark caudal fin swimming under sun rays in the blue Pacific Ocean at Guadalupe Island in Mexico

There’s no time to waste, put these tips to practise and upload your best photos to #Animals2019!

Keep your eyes peeled for Part 2 coming next week, with top tips from another phenomenal animal photographer from the AGORA Community! 馃憖

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