John Finley on the Camera

Camera and Lens Support

When photographing at slow speeds or with a large lens, the wildlife photographer will need support for his camera to prevent the camera from shaking. A shaking camera will blur your image. We all want clear, precise composition. A tripod is almost always necessary. When picking a tripod do not short change yourself. Remember this one piece of equipment will be holding your very expensive camera and often your even more expensive lens. Therefore always purchase a well made and sturdy tripod. Often in field the photographer will find themselves on uneven ground, amongst fallen trees, rocks or even in water. Sturdy is very important. When picking a tripod head, strength and rigidity are critical.

Camera Shutter Speed

The eyes of humans operate at a relative constant speed, about 1/60 of a second. The modern camera can operate between several second to 1/8000 of a second and sometimes even faster.  Because of human limitations the image that we are looking at 1/60 of a second will look completely different at a speed of 1/8000 of a second. The camera and its various shutter speeds allow us to see what the human eye cannot see. This allows our images, especially wildlife, to be vibrant, exciting and action packed. It is important to practice with your camera to find the perfect shutter speed of the images you are shooting.

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