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9 Tips For Wildlife Photography

9 Tips For Wildlife Photography

Through wildlife photography, it is possible to capture a beautiful, exotic, and elusive image. Wildlife photography is very different from photography in controlled environments such as zoos and farms. Because of this, wildlife photography can be challenging and sometimes frustrating as well. It requires practice, perseverance, and most of all patience.

The opportunities provided by nature lasts only for a second. It is important that the photographer waits patiently for the perfect moment and does not make any errors when the moment finally appears. You cannot achieve the best result just because you have the opportunity of being in an excellent location. Just as a good location does not guarantee the best results, neither does having the most expensive camera. High-quality equipment does help but there are several other things that should be considered.

Here are some useful tips that can help in achieving the best results.

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1. Choosing the right shutter:

A question which is often asked by people is, “What is the correct shutter speed?” The answer to that question is that it is not possible to give a specific figure. There is no right or wrong answer to that question. It depends upon the speed of the subject and the results that you are trying to achieve. Freezing the subject and revealing the motion of the subject are two options.  The automatic options are not very predictable so do not leave the decision to the camera. Select the setting of the camera manually.

2. Make use of the ISO (International Standards Organization):

Once you have determined the shutter speed you need, adjusting the exposure is the next step. The best solution is to raise the ISO. This is an excellent and effective method of making the exposure perfect and getting the best results. People are often reluctant to adjust the ISO because there is the digital noise that occurs during extremely high ISOs. There are several cameras on the market that can be used at really high ISOs and they create very little noise.

3. Be prepared:

It is always good to be prepared. Always remember that you do not need to venture too far off places in order to capture the best photographs. It is possible to take beautiful and breathtaking pictures of the wildlife even in your backyard. You can always practice by investigating the local species. Always have a smart plan while scouting for the wildlife. Learn to be patient and creative. These two are very important factors in making even the most common wildlife pictures exotic and beautiful.

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4. Simplifying the focus:

The best results can be achieved by using the center autofocus. If the outer points are used then remember that they are not very easy to adjust and they are not very sensitive to the middle point. It works for subjects which are moving left to right. It is good for subjects that are moving directly towards you.  It is better to use the continuous high-speed burst option instead of the one shot. It will help in capturing more frames per second.

5. The background:

The background is a very important factor in making a picture extraordinary. Make sure that the background does not take the focus away from the main subject.

6. Following the light:

Light is the most important element of the photograph. It is easier to capture the best light during the earliest hours or the later hours of daylight because these are the times when the sun does not fall on the subjects too harshly. This will help in increasing the element of the mystique of the photographs.

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7. Be unobtrusive:

To get the best results it is important not to be distracted. Always act quietly and try to blend into the environment. Patience is the key. Do not allow camera noises and the flashes since they are distracting.

8. Be ready:

Always keep the camera ready. If any opportunity presents itself, you do not want to miss it.

9. Keep practicing:

Practice always make you better. You can practice in your backyard. If you look closely you will be able to find several wonderful subjects.

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Featured photo credit: 10 Tips For Wildlife Photography via lifehack.org

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

Why is goal setting important?

1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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What you truly want and need

Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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