Portrait Focus

Wild Planet Photo Magazine Reader Richard Garvey-Williams shares his advice on how to create impressive animal portraits with a few examples from his work in East Africa

As with any aspect of what we do as wildlife photographers, it’s important to consider what we are trying to say with our photographs. For a portrait, consider what you want to express about that individual or species or indeed its place in the environment. What makes them unique, special or captivates you about them in terms of their physical appearance, behaviour or personality? Secondly, as with any photograph, to make it stand out you will have to pay attention to lighting, composition and its ability to evoke an emotional response in the viewer. Spending time observing and studying the animal is a good place to start. You can then set about applying your…

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