Tim Layton Fine Art | Wildlife

It was -4F (-20C) at sunrise photographing Bald EaglesIt was -4F (-20C) at sunrise photographing Bald EaglesGet my free Darkroom & Fine Art Newsletter and never miss another article again. Tired of being disappointed with your wildlife photos and struggling with post-production?

Every wildlife photographer struggles with post-processing at one time or another.  Trying to share the images and prints that match the experience we have in the field is one of the most difficult aspects of wildlife photography.  

Because we work in low-light conditions most of the time, we push the limits of camera gear and post-processing more than any other type of photography.

Independent of your choice of output mediums, the same fundaments apply.  You need to be able to capture critically sharp and compelling images in the field, and then successfully navigate through the post-processing steps which includes color management, cropping and resizing for compelling compositions, noise reduction, and selective sharpening.

This is your chance to master the key skills required to create winning wildlife photos (capture tack sharp images, color management, resizing and cropping for composition, advanced noise reduction, advanced multi-layer sharpening).  

Black Bear - Great Smoky MountainsBlack Bear - Great Smoky MountainsIf you enjoy this photo, subscribe to my Wildlife Photography Newsletter today and never miss an update again. If you don’t have your camera body, lenses, and teleconverters capturing critically sharp images in the field, the rest of the workflow doesn’t really matter.  I struggled with this for over a year before I got this figured out.  Every lens, camera body, and teleconverter is manufactured within a range of specifications.  I can almost guarantee you that every single lens/camera/teleconverter you own for your wildlife photography needs some form of front or back focus correction to get critically sharp images.  

As wildlife photographers, we typically work in low-light conditions using our lenses wide open at high ISO settings.  Being able to get tack sharp photos in these conditions is what sets you apart from the crowd.  There is no post-processing that can fix these type of errors.  

Wildlife Photography Skills

Based on my experience, I believe that a successful wildlife photographer must have five basic areas under his or her control.  

  • # 1 - Tune Lenses to Capture Critically Sharp Wildlife Photos
  • # 2 - Know How to Effectively Resize & Crop Wildlife Photos for Composition with Lightroom & Photoshop
  • # 3 - Master Advanced Multi-Layer Selective Smart Sharpening For Wildlife Photography in PS
  • # 4 - Master Advanced Selective Noise Management For Wildlife Photography Using the Latest Tools (e.g., Topaz DeNoise, Photoshop Reduce Noise, Photoshop Surface Blur, Nik Define)
  • # 5 - Possess a Complete Wildlife Photography Post-Processing Workflow in Lightroom and/or Photoshop

-Tim Layton