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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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