Expert Tips on Wildlife & Nature Photography
Court is an avid nature and wildlife photographer and naturalist Expedition Leader for Natural Habitat Adventures. His background in wildlife and conservation biology led him to pursue a joint Ph.D. in ecotourism and entomology. As Editor in Chief of The Natural Photographer, he is eager to share his photography knowledge and creative guidance with readers through comprehensive tutorials and blog posts. You may view more of his photography at www.courtwhelan.com
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Thank you Court! I learned alot from your information, how the ISO at a higher # takes the crispness out of a photo. And about what white balance really means.
Much appreciated, Marian
Hi Marian, so glad to be able to help! Thanks for visiting our site!
Going to travel to Borneo in September, hopefully I’ll get some great shots of the orangutans my only concern is having to turn up the iso to deal with the low light conditions, my cameras a canon 7d m2 hopefully it will cope ok . Would you advise taking a monopod for lower shutter speeds?
Hey David, great to hear! Yes, high ISOs are a must. Fortunately the 7dii has decent low light capabilities. But do indeed plan on shooting at ISO 1600+ a decent bit of the time. Frankly, a monopod won’t work all that much, as you’re balancing both low light and moving animals. Thus, taking your own hand shake out of the equation (via monopod) is nice, but it won’t do anything for the oft-fast-moving animals. Thus, really the only catch-all solution is getting more light via ISO so you can freeze movement. I’m usually aiming for something around 1/250 or 1/320 of a second. In the orang sanctuaries, they may be more sedentary and I’ll adjust as possible…maybe down to 1/100 if the orang is sitting perfectly still. Hope this helps a little!