10 Top Tips for Shooting Birds in Flight (Bird Photography)

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer31 Comments

Living in SW Florida where there are hundreds of species of beautiful shore birds, many photographers are interested in how to shoot birds in flight.  Shooting birds in flight can be tricky at first, but these tips will get you headed in the right direction. Bird Photography Tip #1: Watch your composition. Strong composition for …

10 Tips for Better Animal Photography at the Zoo

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer4 Comments

Many wildlife photographers turn up their noses to photographers who shoot at zoos, but most of us think it’s fun.  The following tips will help you to capture better photos when you go to the zoo or a wildlife refuge. Zoo Photography Tip #1: Use a large aperture to shoot through fences.  These first 4 …

Teleconverters and autofocus: What every wildlife photographer should know

In Gear by Jim Harmer25 Comments

I received the following question via email and thought I should write a post here on ImprovePhotography.com to answer the question for the world.  Here’s the question: “I’m looking at buying a teleconverter for my Canon 100-400mm L f/4-5.6 IS lens but I am having difficulty determining if the1.4x or 2.0x teleconverter will still allow …

Plan the Light for Better Animal Photography

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer2 Comments

Unlike portraiture, there is no “Smile for the camera” when photographing wildlife.   No bringing animals into the studio or setting up fancy lighting gear.  For these reasons, many photographers mistakenly believe that the light “Is what it is” when shooting animals.  These photographers are missing out.  This post will explain how you can improve …

Wildlife Photography at High Noon

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer4 Comments

Perfect shot.  Perfect lens.  Perfect set-up.  Harsh, mid-day lighting.  Ugh!  Such was the situation when I came upon these fawns (for those of you who don’t speak Bambi, that means baby deer).  It was the middle of the day and the lighting was disgusting.  When you look at this photo, you probably can’t tell the …

The worst place to shoot wildlife photography

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer3 Comments

What is it?  What’s the worst place to shoot wildlife photography?  If you’re thinking the zoo, then you’d be dead wrong.  The truth is that the worst place to shoot wildlife photography is where most people would think is the best place to shoot wildlife photos. Confused?  Allow me to explain.  Whenever I teach wildlife photography …

What’s the big deal about catch-lights?

In Portrait by Jim Harmer4 Comments

Portrait photographers and wildlife photographers are both crazy about catch-lights, but if the two groups were to fight it out, I have to say that wildlife photographers are even crazier about catch-lights than portrait photographers. Catch-lights are specular highlights in the eyes of an animal or a person.  Look around you for something shiny and …