Take a lot of pictures, and then when you feel like you have enough, take a few more! Besides knowing your location and knowing your camera, composition wise you want to give yourself lots of options. Take a picture straight on, from the side, down low, try different camera settings, try everything. You also need to be patient. Wildlife does not run on a tight schedule and they are constantly making sure they aren’t going to get eaten. That means you may hear the bird, but can’t find it! Stay still, give it time.
Find personality! I think what takes photos from great to WHOA is when you can capture a moment versus an identification. Sure, we know it is a great blue heron, but when you can get that picture of it in action it makes it more alive. Again, this takes patience!
Another tip would be to join the Forest Preserve District’s Will County Wildlife group on Facebook or follow the District on Instagram. It’s great to see what others are photographing and how they are doing it. I sit and study other people’s work to get ideas of how to frame things, find things, and get new perspectives. We all have our voice; it comes out in writing but also in art. Once I start following people, I can start picking out their photos without looking at their name. It’s really cool how we all have our certain styles.
What is the best way to photograph landscapes and close-ups of flowers and plants?