A camera tripod is a powerful tool, but what do you use to capture animals in the wild?
The answer is cameras.
We’ve rounded up the top ways to capture images with your mobile phone or camera phone camera, and they’ll make capturing wildlife on your own trips easier.
If you’ve been following our Wildlife Photography Tips series, you know that we recommend the use of a mobile tripod as a great first step to capturing wildlife in the field.
So, why not try the best smartphone camera you can find?
Here are a few tips to get you started: • Make sure your phone has a tripod mount.
Many smartphones have mounts for attaching cameras to them, but we like the way the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus work best for capturing wildlife.
They come with a built-in tripod mount that you can use to strap the camera to your phone.
You can then attach a tripod to the back of your phone, so you can hold it with both hands while you take wildlife pictures.
• Use a mobile camera lens that has the same aperture as your phone camera lens.
You’ll want a lens with a focal length that matches your phone’s shutter speed.
If your phone is a smartphone, we recommend using a wide angle lens.
We like the Sony E-mount camera, which has a 28mm lens.
If not, you can get a 30mm or 60mm lens on Amazon for a little extra money.
• If your camera has a telephoto lens, use one with the same focal length as your smartphone’s lens.
The best telephoto lenses have a maximum aperture of f/4, and you can easily get a wide-angle lens to capture an animal in the same pose you’re using for wildlife photography.
• Make a tripod with a tripod head.
Many people use a tripod holder that is adjustable so you’ll get the best angle of view.
This works well for capturing animals with birds and small animals, but it’s a bit trickier for capturing larger wildlife such as mammals.
If there’s a tripod that’s easy to use, it’s the Apple tripod mount, which is available at most electronics stores.
This tripod head fits onto your iPhone’s rear-facing camera, so it’s easy for you to get the right angle of the shutter to capture a animal in that pose.
• You can also attach a camera tripod to your smartphone.
You don’t need to use the tripod itself to capture the images, but you should use a third party tripod mount if you can.
Some tripod mounts have an electronic shutter, which you can attach to your device to capture your images.
Some even have built- in vibration dampening technology that will dampen vibrations and help your photos capture animals.
You may also want to use an iPhone mount that comes with a mount to attach it to your iPhone.
• Find a tripod for your phone or phone camera that has a wider angle of aim.
The wide angle of focus lens on many phones is designed for capturing longer animals in poses.
But we like wider angles of aim for wildlife because it makes capturing wildlife easier.
You want the best wide-angles you can obtain.
• Get the best lens for wildlife photos.
If all you’re after is a narrow angle of lens, you may not need to worry about the lens being designed to capture something you’re not capturing.
But if you want to capture bigger animals like birds or mammals, we suggest you try the Sony XF 55mm f/1.4 lens.
It has a wide open aperture of 85mm, which gives you a wide range of views and allows you to capture more animals in a single shot.
If it’s your first time using wildlife photography, you’ll want to take pictures with a wide lens, so we suggest getting the Sony Alpha 70mm f1.7 lens, which features a maximum f/5.6 aperture.
• Keep your smartphone focused.
Your smartphone camera lens is designed to focus quickly and accurately at a wide aperture.
That means you should aim your phone at the animal you’re photographing, not at a distant object.
If the animal is moving, you need to aim your camera at that animal.
But you can’t aim your smartphone at an animal that’s moving in the opposite direction.
So if you’re capturing wildlife at dusk or when the sky is cloudy, you might want to aim the phone at something like a rock or tree that’s high in the trees.
But even if you don’t want to focus at all, it might be a good idea to aim it at something you can see as it moves.
• Check your phone for battery life.
Battery life is an important factor when using your smartphone for wildlife and wildlife photography because your phone will be constantly charging your camera.
We recommend that you use a charge-by-the-minute battery life indicator that comes on your phone to keep track of your battery life as you take pictures.
And if you are photographing wildlife or