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The chief attractions of visiting the famous Tadoba Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra, India are the jungle safari and wildlife photography. We are all mesmerized to see the fantastic wildlife photography exhibits. You must be wondering how to click such amazing pictures on a wildlife safari. Even though it may not be possible for you to take winning shots, you could certainly improve the standard and quality of your wildlife photography.
In this context, you must understand that a professional DSLR would be giving you more frames every second than you actually require and it ensures that there is absolutely no noise at incredibly high ISO values. It would really be amazing if you could buy a professional DSLR. However, remember that you could come up with iconic pictures even with the help of an entry level DLSR provided you know how to use the right tricks on your camera.
Here are a few tricks that would help you choose the right settings on your camera for perfect action wildlife photography.
Keep Memory Cards & Batteries in Mind
Once you have booked a cozy Tadoba accommodation, you should start packing and get everything organized for the wildlife vacation. Do not forget to take your camera and make sure that all the memory cards are formatted, empty and all set for action. When you leave for the wildlife safari after reaching the Tadoba National Park, your camera batteries must be fully charged for getting superlative performance from your camera.
Burst Mode is Vital
This is the most crucial tip. It would be useful when the camera keeps on taking images as long as its shutter button remains pressed. If you have more frames every second, it would be boosting your possibilities of successfully clicking the conclusive moment. How long you could be doing that actually depends on precisely the buffer capability of the camera and your memory cards’ speed. If you shoot small series repetitively it would be allowing your camera enough time for writing on the camera’s memory card. If you are focusing on increasing the buffer capacity, you could stick to shooting JPEGs exclusively.
Aperture Priority Mode
Shooting aperture priority would be fruitful in adjusting quickly to the changes and fluctuations in light situations. Moreover, you could creatively adjust your depth of field. You may consider opening up the aperture in low light conditions for letting in more light. This would be effective while taking portraits as the subject would be isolated from the background due to the relatively shallower depth of field. When there is ample light, you could be having a deep depth of field.
The autofocus is the most vital characteristic of your camera meant for action photography since it would not be possible for you to fix an ‘out of focus’ picture in Photoshop. In wildlife photography, you must concentrate on a precise point and mostly, it is supposed to be the subject’s eye. While in the bush, the camera’s autofocus would be focusing on the branches, instead of the subject. So it pays to set the camera’s AF area to the single-point AF. This would be helping you to set the focus exactly where you want it to actually be.
Shutter speed is supposed to be the king. The shutter speed must be really high for freezing any action. The shutter speed would be depending on the speed of the object in motion. In the case of slow animals it is okay to have 1/1000 sec, however, you would be needing 1/2000 sec or even faster in the case of fast moving animals.
These are just a few of the basic tips for better wildlife photography. But if you follow these tips, you are sure to get impressive pictures that you could proudly share on social media and spread the joy.