Common mistakes in wildlife photography (and how to avoid them)

Wildlife photography can be challenging and rewarding, but it can also be frustrating. This type is fraught with obstacles, many of which you cannot control. The perfect shot from your hideout might be spoiled by an unexpectedly loud noise, or bad weather might send people home to their nest, where you’d also rather be.

These things are largely out of our control, but there are many things that are within our control, and with some careful planning and diligence, you can avoid making simple mistakes. Here are some of the most common mistakes photographers make when shooting wildlife photos, along with tips on how to avoid them:

Focus on errors

The most important thing to get sharp is the subject’s eyes – do this, as other parts of the body may be blurred, as shown here (Image credit: Chris George)

One of the biggest mistakes photographers make when photographing wildlife is getting the focus wrong. This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as using the wrong focus position, not focusing on the correct part of the frame or not focusing fast enough to keep up with fast moving animals.

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