Rishikesh-based wildlife photographer Trikansh Sharma has made a mark deploying his lens for creative shots of elusive fauna ever since his initial stint with visits to Rajaji Tiger Reserve. He is a keen naturalist with over 10 international accolades to his name, including the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2018. As he continues to educate on human-wildlife conflicts through journalistic documentation, we catch up with the photography mentor to find out his must-have travel essentials:
Action photography requires a lot of effort, skill and knowledge of subject matter. I keep two handy cameras in my backpack. This portrait of a tigress from Corbett Tiger Reserve, was shot on the Nikon D500. I had knowledge of the direction my subject was going to run towards, so I composed my shot to get a back-lit image on the patch of water. There is still never a guarantee of what shot you will end up with. In this scene the judgement of light was difficult, so I used the continuous autofocus on a burst mode. I evaluated the entire scene and used negative exposure compensation on aperture priority to make my shot.
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A compact and sturdy tripod is a must-have in a travel bag. The Fotopro M-5 minipod has been my go-to for ground-level photography ever since I won it at a competition. With the ability to hold up to 5kg of weight, it helps you maintain your body stability while lying on the ground. The tripod is incredibly handy even when I forget my photography bean bag on safaris.
In places like Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary or Corbett Tiger Reserve, I have found myself without electricity ports for heavier devices. An iPad works seamlessly for transferring data from my SanDisk memory cards and SanDisk SSDs on field visits and campsites.
Hydration is key to staying active on the field. I don’t leave my water bottle even while sleeping—it stays with me in my room, at my workplace and goes with me everywhere, be it a supermarket or a forest.
1. Click every moment to experience photography and notice wildlife behaviour to pre-visualise.
2. Experiment a lot. Once you have achieved a good portrait, try another shot in a different light against other backgrounds with all kinds of lenses and shutter techniques at various locations.
3. Spending time with your subjects will make you understand when to go creative.
4. Don’t stick to the viewfinder. Sometimes browsing your surroundings yields better composition.
5. Always document species you have never seen or photographed before, and make use of every situation.