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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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