There is no doubt that wildlife photography and videography are two of the most challenging fields in the game. Some are practicing wildlife photography as a hobby while others are doing it for career.
Taking a photo or a video while in the wild is not a joke. It is very frustrating most of the time when you cannot take a shot of a moving object at the right distance and at the right time. Aside from this, there are a lot of factors to consider when filming outdoors-the weather, the natural light, the speed of the subject, the dangers, and all other elements that sometimes make wildlife videography very frustrating.
Here are some quick tips to help you get the best out of wildlife videography.
1) Know your gear. Be prepared before you go to the battle. Prepare a checklist of the things that you might need when you travel outdoor. Check the camera; you know all its functionality, right? Then check other things such as the tripods, batteries, lighting, shade, ect. Also check if you have enough water and food to last until you finish filming. Wildlife videography involves working long hours so you need to prepare basic survival kits including food, water and medicine.
2) Understand your subject. It is always better to go to the battlefield knowing how the enemies move. But in wildlife videography, your enemies are the subjects of your film. Your job will be 50% lighter if you will know the behaviour of your subject. Some species have unpredictable behaviour which is normal. Knowing how they react to certain factors will determine the best time for you to capture that “golden moment”. There are two ways to understand their behaviour: watch videos about them or spend time with on the wild.
3) Master the rules of good photography, regardless of genre. Understand how exposure works and what angle are you going to take the shot. Always be mindful of using a guideline such as the “rules of thirds” to give balance to your shoots. In wildlife photography, one particular rule is to capture an eye contact with the subject as it gives “life” to the image.
4) Make the most out of the natural light. If possible, start filming while the sun is still not up. There are creatures that are already active even before the sun rises. By staying longer outside, you will have more time and more opportunities to take the right shot. However, from 11 am till 3 pm, the sunlight might be too strong that it will not give a good result for your video.