Understand Animal Behavior
While no one can fully predict what an animal’s next move will be, understanding behavior patterns and body language can help put you in position for successful a photo. Watch your subject carefully and take note of the way they move, hunt, and interact with others. Having this information can help you stay one step ahead, predicting the animals moves and nailing the shot.
As I sat and watched this bear hunt for salmon, I paid close attention to his body language just before he took off after a fish. Eventually I was able to predict when he would start running and was able to get in front of him upstream and make this image.
Eye contact is a critical component of wildlife photography. Rarely does anyone want to see pictures of an animal’s backside. The eyes and face are a focal point, so being able to clearly see them gives your viewer’s eyes a place to go. Eye contact also can help show personality and lets the viewer connect with the animal.
Being able to look straight into the eyes of this lion help to convey a sense of intimacy and the personality of the animal.