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Tips on Dos and Don't of Wildlife Photography
Wildlife Photography has a universal appeal attracting human curiosity and today it is gaining ground very rapidly-may be it is due to our inbuilt wild connections with nature and its creations. Interestingly the pioneers in this field were the hunters-turned conservationists like Jim Corbett & E.P. Gee.

The previous hunters were the people who helped in promoting interest in the wildlife by taking interesting photographs. That era may be classified as the period of birth of Wildlife photography in India. At that time dwindling population of the mighty creatures started getting attraction of the people and then Government under the leadership of Smt. Indira Gandhi took positive steps in this direction by legislating Wildlife laws.

The launch of channels like Discovery National Geography brought this issue in the limelight creating immense interest & awareness about the life of these beasts removing all misconceptions.

First of all, a wildlife photographer should be aware about what is a good wildlife photograph. It is a sharp picture of an animal in its natural surrounding doing something interesting & natural. Capturing the right light is extremely important as it enhances the aesthetic quality of the picture. You should be aware about the different impact of light in different parts of the day. Nature of morning light is different from afternoon and evening light. Understanding light is extremely important for any novice in this field. Only then we can use this to our utmost advantage.

Efforts should be on capturing the animal in the natural conditions. As far as composition is concerned, the basic rules of pictorial composition should be observed. But the personal preferences play role in capturing an image. The knowledge of the subject & its habitat is an added advantage. The knowledge of animal's behaviour, its mood, anger is important e.g. an elephant.

We should be aware about the minimum distance between us & our subject to avoid the running away of the animal.It is advisable to learn & know which animal can be photographed Where & when, the best season and right time when a particular action or behaviour of the animal is known to take place, e.g. breeding season in wild creatures. The equipment we have is an important factor.
About the Author
Bharat Gupta is a nature photographer & lover of life in all its hues. He has traveled extensively in the Indian Himalayas. This article is aimed at helping budding photographer to know the basics of this wonderful hobby. For more information please log on to www.adventurersparadise.com.
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