Wildlife photographer Paul Hobson shows three AP readers how to photograph small British mammals up close using a macro lens. Oliver Atwell picks up some tips

Patience

Many
wildlife photographers will tell you that patience is the most
important discipline that can be learned when shooting on location, but
even within the controlled environment of a wildlife photography centre
you may find yourself waiting around for that perfect shot.

‘In
the wild, if it’s warm, the animals will stay in the shade and that’s
how they’ll behave in your set,’ says Paul. ‘They’ll scuttle around in
the overgrowth and stay under cover as much as they can. If the
conditions are cool you may get lucky, but also bear in mind the animals
are likely to be quite wary of you. This is especially important when
you fire your camera’s shutter, as the sound is likely to scare them at
first. However, if your set is created in the correct way and you’ve
given the animals a tunnel to poke their heads through, your patience
will pay off.’

  1. 1. Would you like to take part?
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  3. 3. The Background
  4. 4. Framing and Composition
  5. 5. Using natural light, fill-flash
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