Chase the light – it could be dusk, dawn or sun rays streaming through the canopy.
Singaporean photographer Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan, who won National Geographic’s Nature Photographer of the Year, says how you can take that perfect shot on your travels
Tip #1: Prepare, Prepare, Prepare
The prep process is important. Research the location, the habitat and the subjects before you go so you know what to expect and what you can do on the location to create good images. This has made a huge positive difference to my pictures.
Tip #2: Take A New Perspective
Think outside the box and create something new – it could be a new angle, a unique habitat shot or a unique behaviour that you discovered about the subject and habitat during your research. You are sure to come home with some unique images.
Tip #3: It’s All About The Light
Chase the light and look for places with dramatic light – it could be dusk, dawn or sun rays streaming through the canopy. These elements can add drama and the wow factor to your images.
Tip #4: Be Patient
Patience is a virtue so embrace it. Sometimes it could take hours or days to get that ideal shot. Remember in the wild, nothing is within your control – the light, subjects and weather conditions can all go against you, so patience is the key to come back with good images.
Tip #5: Tell A Story
As a photographer you are a story teller so look to create a story. Your research, an interesting composition, dramatic light, dark clouds, unique behaviour and/or your patience could yield a story never seen before.
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