For most people starting in wildlife photography, their main focus becomes what camera gear to buy, the settings they should be using and what subjects are in their area to photograph – and for a good reason. But, as my photography has progressed over the past decade, I have realised that one element of wildlife photography can help bring your images to the next level. That one element is the location and how various light and weather conditions affect a particular area.
It is one thing to know the wildlife in your area and how to find them, but in order to take your images to the next level, you need to have an intimate understanding of your chosen location. You need to spend time in one particular area, whether a pond, lake, marsh, open tundra or forest, to see how it is transformed during the first rays of sunlight or as the sun sets.