Noted photographer Archna Singh gave Travel Secrets writer Nirav Shah a quick tutorial in wildlife photography.
Be extremely patient. I have had to wait for 4-5 hours while a leopard slept on the tree just to catch different expressions on its face.
Maintain distance. This is important to catch the animal in their natural behaviour, to respect them and their privacy and most importantly, for your own safety.
Early morning and late evenings before dusk are the best times to shoot. Most of the animals are out at this time, when the heat is low. The light is also softer.
Never use your camera flash. It scares the animal away and is disrespectful.
Always keep the camera ready, even a 1-minute break can make you lose a wonderful shot. The animals always catch you off guard!
Do not just take pretty pictures: try and bring out the emotions that the animals express
A tip for tourists: Guides/drivers at national parks in India will often park their cars in one place and claim that the animal will come here (based on sightings or pug marks). Do not listen to them, but make them take rounds since more often than not, this is a tactic to only save fuel, and you will never end up spotting any animal.
About Archna Singh
Trained at: NIFT, and under acclaimed photographer Akhil Bakshi
In love with: Africa! She’s also a regular at Ranthambhore and Ladakh.
Showcases her work at: http://www.orahwildlife.com.
Her Kit (in 2012, when we published the story):
1. Canon camera – 1Ds Mark III (serial no. DS 126161/617957)
2. Canon camera – 1D MARK IV (serial no. DS 126221/1431300181)
3. Canon camera – G11 Power Shot (serial no. 0245200409)
4. Canon Zoom Lens – (EF 800MM 1:5.6) – Serial No. 14634
5. Canon Zoom Lens (100-400MM) – ET-83C (serial no. 462100)
6. Canon lens – (EF 200MM 1:2L) – Serial No. 11216
7. Canon Wide Angle Lens 16-35MM – EW-88 – Serial No. 1063057
8. Canon Lens (24-70MM) – EW-83F – Serial No. 1907442
9. Canon Fisheye lens -15mm – Serial No. 54259
10. Canon Extender 2xIII – Serial No. 8420002650
11. Canon Extender 2xII – Serial No. 132951
All images are with courtesy Archana Singh
Input: Travel Secrets Correspondent Nirav Shah