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One tip that will make your wildlife shots pop!

Image: Joe Capra

Let's be honest, much of the wildlife photographs we see put it politely...mundane and boring. Is there anything quick and easy that can be done to change that? Two famous wildlife photographers believe there is in an interview with Mashable.

Wildlife photography, Joe Capra, whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Animal Planet and Discovery Channel has a simple tip for wildlife photographers to make their work pop.

"Aim for simple backgrounds — make negative space work for you," he says. "The most dramatic wildlife photos usually include a very simple, and non-distracting background. The goal is to highlight your subjects and make them stand out. Photos with cluttered and distracting background cause your subject to get lost in the image/scene." 

 Less is often more.

Wildlife and landscape, photographer, Jeff Mitchum, whose work is displayed on the walls of fine art museums, including the Smithsonian Institute and Getty Museum agrees. He believes it is vital wildlife photographers develop an understanding of space.

“A fine art photograph is comprised of a tremendous amount of space and chaos, and it is our job to organize this into a fine art image," he says.

 "When you think about it, there is a lot more space than material to work with. So, why not make space and openness work for us? As photographers, we need to discover a delicate arrangement of space so contrast of subject comes alive. 

 "Contrast of space is critical because your subject needs to stand out. Your subject needs to be the dominant element and wisely using these open 'oxygenated vents' will allow your images to have the separation needed to eliminate unwanted clutter," he says.