TOP 5 Wildlife Photography Tips From A Pro | Colby Brown | Sony Alpha Universe


Hi my name is Colby Brown and I’m a
wildlife photographer in Sony Artisan and these are my Top 5 tips
for wildlife photography. So tip number one is to do your research. This not only has to do with the subject matter of
which wildlife you’re photographing but also the locations and the best times
of the year to visit these places. If you wanted to see cubs or spring cubs,
when it comes to lions or leopards, you actually want to visit in December when it comes down to the southern part of South Africa. But if you want to see the wildebeest crossing in the Maasai Mara, you need to go to Kenya or Tanzania and more so in the August time frame. So tip number two is to make sure that
you’re using the right lenses. Now wildlife photography is a little bit different than a lot of other genres of photography in the sense of the barriers of entry are a little bit higher. The reason for this is that most the animals you’re gonna be photographing are quite a distance away so you want to make sure that you’re using the right lenses. For me, I love using Sony’s 200-600mm F/5.6 to 6.3. It’s a great variable lens gives me lots of distance and a good amount of light to still capture. Or if I’m really photographing in dark situations, I might want to use something like the new Sony 400mm F/2.8. It’s a really beautiful lens that it gives me a lot of flexibility and stills allow me to zoom in far enough to capture subjects that are hunting out there,
far enough away for myself. So tip number three is to learn to anticipate the movement of your subjects. This also has to do a little bit with the research with understanding the different characteristics and the personality of the animals you’re photographing, but it’s really important to get in the right position to
photograph animals that you really can’t control. It’s not like you’re in a studio where you’re working
with a model where you can kind of direct them where you want them to be. Instead, you have to learn to anticipate where they’re gonna be and what actions they might be taking, so that you’re best prepared to get the
best possible photograph. Tip number four is to take advantage of silent shooting. Now the silent shooting is a technology that is kind of built into mirrorless cameras that is really phenomenal and the difference that it comes out to is when you’re on the location you’re photographing wild animals and you hear the sound of the shutter going off,
it can actually be quite deafening. And it can actually distract the animals that you’re photographing. So cameras such as the Sony a9, Sony a7R IV, a lot of the other Sony bodies in the system all have silent shooting which allows me to be completely silent as you’re out there in the field. This allows you to focus more energy and attention on waiting for that right moment, so you can capture it without any issues. Tip number five has to do with autofocus. Taking advantage of technology such as Eye Autofocus for wildlife as well as tracking capabilities of the new Sony cameras is phenomenal. With Eye Autofocus, Sony’s mirrorless cameras have the ability to track the eye with a variety of different animal subjects out there. Now right off the bat, this is best with your mammals, your larger cats, dogs, big cats, but also can do well with birds and
other different species out there. In addition to that, you also have autofocus tracking which is phenomenal. So I use flexible spot tracking which gives
me the ability to tap on the screen and make sure the best flexible spot
tracks the head of the subject. This can happen in places like Brazil
when I was photographing Jaguars or as a Jaguar was moving across the scene, I tapped on his head, I can track it throughout the entire scene. It’s going to follow it no matter where I go. Make sure to subscribe and watch the next video to find ‘What’s in my bag for wildlife photography’.

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