Tips and Techniques

Photo masterclass part 9: Look for colour
From the vivid red of a ladybird to the dazzling blue of the kingfisher, colour plays a huge part in nature photography. But it’s more complex than you might think – and getting it right makes all the difference, says Mark Carwardine.
This marbled white butterfly image helps to explain top tip 2: exposure.
Top UK wildlife photographers, Ross Hoddinott and Ben Hall, share their top tips on photographing nature. 
Photo Masterclass part 8: The art of composition
There are always new ways to present wildlife subjects. Be creative in your approach to each and every image and you’ll discover a new world of photographic potential, says wildlife photographer Mark Carwardine.
Praying mantis.
Paul Harcourt Davies and Clay Bolt share some of their top tips on how to photograph wildlife close-up.
Photo masterclass part 7: Hold steady
A pin-sharp finish is fundamental to great nature photography. Crisp images have a mesmerising immediacy, enticing the viewer to linger over every feather, scale and hair, says wildlife photographer Mark Carwardine.
Photo masterclass part 6: Wait for the moment main spread.
Hitting the shutter at the right instant can turn a good wildlife image into a great one. Being able to identify and capture unique moments – whether mid-scratch, mid-sneeze, mid-leap or mid-landing – will take your photography to the next level.
Photo masterclass part 5: Rule of thirds spread.
To take a harmonious image, it’s not enough just to capture your subject in the viewfinder – choosing exactly where to place it in the frame is a vital creative decision. Six pro photographers demonstrate how to apply the golden rule of composition.
Photo Masterclass part 4: See the light
When it comes to light, less can be more – timing your photographic forays carefully and ensuring that illumination enriches rather than overpowers your images can result in photos that really shine.
Photo Masterclass part 3: Shoot wide or tight
Framing is a key skill for a wildlife photographer – it’s vital to know when to crop in tight, what to leave out and when to embrace your subject’s environment. Six pro photographers explain when to close in and when to be expansive.
Photo Masterclass part 2: Get down low main spread
Perspective is everything: by choosing your position carefully you can increase the impact of your images and create unexpected new viewpoints – seeing your quarry through the eyes of another animal. It’s time to get down and dirty…
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