If you’re like me, you don’t own a single lens longer than 55mm. But then you get a chance to take some photos of wildlife. In this video, Spencer Cox will help you make the best out of the lens you’ve got. His five tips will guide you towards taking some gorgeous wildlife photos with a 70-200mm or even an 18-55mm lens.
1.Provide some context – when photographing wildlife, note that your subject doesn’t necessarily need to completely fill the frame. Instead, incorporate some environment in your shot and show how your subject interacts with it.
2. Try shooting close-up wildlife photography – you can play with close-up photography and approach animals like crabs, lizards, etc. This way your subject will fill the frame and you’ll get a nice background separation.
3. Photograph animals that aren’t afraid of people – if they don’t see them too often or see way too much of them, there’s a high chance some animals won’t be afraid of people. This means that you can come closer and take some lovely wildlife photos even with a shorter lens. Needless to say, stick with puffins, squirrels, and other harmless creatures, don’t try it on bears. Yes, it needed to be said!
4. Become invisible – shoot from a car or from a boat as some animals seem to be less afraid of them than of human standing. You can also set a trail camera, and in this case, you could get some hilarious shots like this one.
5. Photograph a group of animals – if you want to fill the frame with your subject, you can photograph a group of animals instead of just one. This way, you can also get great shots without a super-telephoto lens.
Have you taken some wildlife shots with a kit lens, a nifty-fifty, or any other lens that’s not a super-telephoto? I’d love to see them!