A new video with some wildlife photography tips. Get better photos with longer lenses to nail those wildlife shots!
Animals are for the most part shy making a 400mm lens your best bet with 600mm getting even closer for great shots.
Using a longer focal length brings the wildlife to you, letting them take up more of the shot for an impressive photo.
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When you are shooting with a longer lens you want to watch your shutter speeds. Typically when photographing it goes aperture first, but when using a longer lens and especially when photographing wildlife, it's shutter speed first.
Focal length rule: Focal Length * 2(Times the amount of coffee you've had)
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That means for a 400mm lens you are looking at roughly a 1/800 shutter speed. The rule doesn't account for your subject though, meaning that in cases of faster objects like birds in flight you'll need speeds up to 1/2000 of a second. Going for faster photos first can net you "safe" shots with a higher ISO, meaning more noise, then you can back the speed down a bit for cleaner images. Tripods and IS can help speeds a bit as well keeping things a bit lower as well.
Remember - expose properly, don’t underexpose your image because when you brighten the image in post it is going to get much noisier.
Focus mode - with static or slow-moving subjects a single point is fine - running or flying - a wider array of points really helps the camera track your subject. And switch to Continuous AF for subjects on the move.