1. Have it to hand
When shooting for his ever-growing portfolio of wildlife documentaries, Mateo keeps a phone camera close to hand to capture any fleeting moments. The action when filming wildlife can happen in an instant, and if you’re short on time to set up your camera or change out your lens, capturing what you can on a compact camera or phone is often the best solution.
2. Get low
Considering your angle can alter the scale of your photography. Aim to get low, and the image will become more focused on capturing the wildlife — at eye level, or lower if possible. This offers a better perspective of the subject, as opposed to filming from higher up and showing a lot of the ground it’s walking on.
3. Get to know your subject
Taking some time to study your subject can help you understand characteristics and behaviours, giving you a better chance of capturing the subject in action and, ultimately, a more meaningful image.
4. Be patient
Watching and waiting to see how a scene unravels can lead to a really special image — much more so than a simple point-and-shoot. As mentioned, wildlife can be unpredictable, so waiting in a spot — and returning to that same spot repeatedly — can lead to more rewarding pictures.
5. Consider the quality
Having the right equipment for a wildlife shoot is key, and knowing what you’re aiming to shoot will help with this. Either having a decent lens, or getting closer to the subject — if it’s safe to do so — will help keep the picture quality as sharp as possible. However, another option is to use a wide-angle lens to take in the scenery and give more context to the subject’s environment.
During their time in Loch Lomond, Tamsin Wressell and Mateo Willis shot on an Xperia XZ1, as part of Mateo’s project with Sony to film and produce a crowd-sourced film captured entirely on Xperia smartphones.