It goes without saying that telephoto lenses are essential for wildlife photography. Some people believe such lenses might be large and heavy. However, it hasn’t been the case recently. These lenses are now considerably more manageable and lightweight. Additionally, because to the technology within, it’s simpler to handhold a telephoto lens while photographing animals. We’ll discuss best practices and expose you to some of that technology in this brief session.
The reciprocal law of shutter speeds is crucial to keep in mind while using a telephoto lens. This rule indicates that you must shoot at a shutter speed that is the reciprocal of the focal length setting in order to get a steady picture free of camera shaking. Why does it matter? When shooting handheld with a 100mm lens on a full-frame 35mm sensor body, you must set your shutter speed to at least 1/100th in order to get an image free of camera shaking. The Tamron 150-500mm f5-6.7 Di III VC VXD has vibration correction. According to this guideline, you must shoot at a minimum distance of 1/500th. However, take into account the vibration adjustment, which reduces shutter speed by at least a stop in real-world usage by canceling out part of the camera shaking.
If you’re using an APS-C camera, you must multiply the focal length by 1.5 before you can use it. Accordingly, a 100mm lens on an APS-C camera will need at least 1/150th of a second. Yet again, vibration reduction, such as that offered by the Tamron 18-300mm f3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD, may be quite beneficial. You’ll be firing at least 1/450th in real-world shooting scenarios. You can likely shoot slower if you apply vibration adjustment.
However, unless you’re panning with the camera and your subject to create a blur effect, you generally won’t want to shoot slower.
The next thing to think about is how you will handle a telephoto lens for wildlife. Practically, 1/100th won’t do the trick. To halt any subject motion, you must increase your ISO settings and shoot at least 1/1000th of a second. By doing so, you may stop the animal’s movement and eliminate camera shaking. Use it in mechanical shutter mode to get even better results. When using my Tamron 70-300mm f4.5-6.3 Di III RXD lens, I do this often.
ALWAYS TUCK THE ELBOWS IN
In addition to all of this, make sure your elbows are constantly tucked in tight to your body. When photographing animals with a telephoto lens, this provides you the greatest steadiness. Try to use the same strategy while firing vertically. You may be certain that the vibration adjustment will at least be helpful.
In the end, with the correct technology in your hands, obtaining the razor-sharp photographs you see in your news feeds is surprisingly simple. But we must always keep in mind the fundamentals. We may develop solid shooting habits and ensure that we can still depend on ourselves as photographers by practicing the fundamentals. Your skill set only improves with quality photography equipment.