Technology has made digital cameras more affordable and lighter, and digicams are becoming as common as mobile phones these days. In the world of digital photography, one item that is gaining popularity is the DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera.
Back in the days when digicams were still the figments of most photography enthusiasts’ imaginations, SLR film cameras were used only by professionals. These cameras are designed in a way that allows the photographer to see exactly how the final image will appear.
With a regular camera, you only see what the viewing window shows you, not the exact image the camera sees. For example, you may see a clear background through the lens but when printed, the background will be blurred because the depth of field used for the shot was shallow. With a DSLR, all you see through the lens is the blurred background because that’s how the final image will appear.
The same is true of digital SLR photography. The only difference is that DSLRs use digital memory cards and light sensor chips instead of film. The advantage of digital SLR cameras over regular cameras is that they are faster at focusing; Capable of high ISO speeds so there is no graininess even in low light, and provide more control over exposure and depth of field. They are more expensive and heavy to carry.
Since you have invested in more expensive equipment, you need to get the most out of it by creating amazing photos. These digital SLR photography tips will help, especially when you’re shooting wildlife.
Before shooting nature with your DSLR camera, first, expose it to a green part of the scene and then reduce it by two-thirds. Refocus on your subject and then take a shot. This results in more detailed photographs.
When you take wildlife, focus on the eyes rather than the body, as this will give the image more impact. Since your subject will be moving, the resulting photograph will show a blurred body. This is not a problem as long as the eyes are sharp.
Do not crop images of moving animals too tightly but leave enough space in the photograph to show the viewer where the animal is going. Otherwise, it will look like the animal is trapped in a cage and your photo will look static instead of moving.
Flying insects make wonderful subjects but because of their small size, you need to attach a macro lens to your DSLR camera. Insects move at high speeds so if you try to capture them while they are moving, you may end up with quite a few blurry images. A good technique for good focus is to wait until they land on a flower or surface and then take a shot.
Nature is full of colors so take advantage of these colors to make your photos come alive. Some photographers even believe that an image with dark colors, even when it is technically inferior, will always be more attractive than a well-focused image with dull colors. For best results, shoot with good focus and bright colors.
Even following these digital SLR photography tips to the letter presents a challenge to wildlife enthusiasts. However, nothing is more rewarding than capturing nature’s best images.