Of all the tips, tricks and wildlife photography advice you may find online there is one that I always try and keep in mind.
Lower angles make for stronger wildlife images as it creates more of a connection between your viewer and your subject.
Yes, rules are made to be bent or broken and there are most definitely times when a higher angle will give you a better image – I’m thinking perhaps a wide angle wildlife shot with landscape in the background might be better a little higher up – but in general a lower angle will give you great connection with your subject and stronger images.
Nikon D800, 400mm, 1/2000, f/6.3, ISO 640
Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
This image was taken from an underground hide which made it possible to be at water level as various animals came to drink. The low angle makes you feel more a part of the scene and the connection to the subject is evident.
Do what you need to in order to get better angles on your wildlife images but don’t be stupid about it. Stay safe and don’t put yourself in harm’s way by going on foot without the proper guide and safety precautions. There are many other ways in which you can create lower angles. I mentioned some of them in this post.
I’m heading back to the hide where I took this image next week for a photography workshop and will be working some amazing low angles with my three guest. You can follow along as I will be sharing images from there so make sure to stay tuned for more.
Until next time.
Gerry van der Walt
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