How Do I Capture Shy Animals On My Wildlife Camera?
Patience is the name of the game for great wildlife photography. Whether you’re shooting on a weekend camping trip or a dream once-in-a-lifetime safari across the Serengeti, capturing shy animals on a wildlife camera takes a bit of luck and a lot of patience. For starters, the more time you spend in a shy animal’s habitat, the more insight you’ll get into the animal’s behaviors, including when they’re most likely to be active, allowing you to plan your wildlife photography accordingly. Most of us, however, don’t have the luxury to devote our days to quietly waiting for the perfect moment. With a little practice, however, you can turn even a not-so-perfect moment into an amazing wildlife photograph.
Before you head out on your next big outdoor adventure, practice these tips on the animals in your own backyard or at a public park to refine your wildlife photography skills. Deer, for example, are notoriously shy but increasingly common in both rural and suburban communities. They’re a great starting point for mastering these animal photography basics using one of the best wildlife cameras currently on the market, the Polaroid CUBE+.
Composition. Great wildlife photography is all about capturing interesting or unique poses and behaviors. Balance character and environment by taking both up-close and wide-angle shots. The Polaroid CUBE+ has a wide angle lens, which makes it an ideal choice for capturing a deer’s natural habitat or the deer’s interaction with other animals. Whether you’re shooting up-close or at a wide angle, follow the rule of thirds. If your image were to be divided into nine parts by two equally spaced horizontal and vertical lines, place the most interesting parts of the image (a doe nuzzling a fawn, for example) at the intersection of these points.
Lighting. Let’s be honest: it’s not very fun spending hours under the midday sun waiting for your shy animal to make a fleeting appearance, only to have the harsh lighting ruin your photo. Stick to the “golden hours” – early morning and late afternoon. Not only is the light softer, but also shy animals like deer are more likely to be active during these times. Finally, remember that with shy animals you may only have a few minutes to capture the perfect shot, so it’s critical you set up the shot in advance and put the light behind you, rather than shooting into the sun.
Camouflage. The best small camera for wildlife photography will give you the flexibility and technical power you need to capture shy animals, while still taking in the vast expanse of their natural environment – all without giving away your hiding location! When practicing with deer or another shy animal in your backyard, get comfortable setting up the shot in advance and then controlling all the action via a remote device. Mount your camera to the tripod, set up the perfect shot, and then quietly disappear into the bushes to wait for the right moment. Mastering the art of camouflage is essential to creating a National Geographic-worthy wildlife photo.