Everything You Need to Know about Wildlife Photo Shoots

Photography, it has been said, is the only language which can be understood by anyone, anywhere they are in the world. And that is so true, whatever the subject of the photograph is.

Photography Made Easy

A couple of decades ago, it was really hard to take good photos that only the ‘pros’ can really come up with something utterly nice to print. Now that the technology in this field has advanced, practically everyone can take photos. Then there’s the fact that one does not even need those large DSLR cameras anymore. Mobile phones of today have amazing photo capabilities already.

The Great Challenge of Wildlife Photography

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But there is one field in Photography which is still proves to be a challenge, even for those who call themselves professionals. Documenting wildlife in their natural habitat is the hardest thing which one can do, whether that’s taking pictures of birds which are perched in the branches of a tree nearby or heading out to the Serengeti and photographing a cheetah.

The Primary Must-Have in Photographing Wildlife

The Name of the Game is Patience.

Compared to instagram-ing your friends during a beach trip, you cannot tell the animals to stop for a sec and say ‘cheese’ for you. You will have to wait for a very, very long time to capture that moment. In fact, you will have to wait a bit longer to even get a glimpse of that animal you would like to photograph – especially if it’s in the wild – since they tend to move around a lot.

The Other Thing You Will Need: Basic Knowledge of the Animal

It is so important to have a bit of knowledge about the species you plan to shoot so that you can really follow it well. Even individuals of the same species may have their own quirks. The habits of a lion are very different from that of its lioness, for instance. You also have to consider the environment in which they live in because this will affect the behavior of said animal.

Your Basic Equipment and Gear

Sure, your iPhone camera has that photo grid for perfect framing, the burst mode so you can shoot quick movement and those capabilities for focus and exposure. But your iPhone, from the term itself, is a phone and not a camera. So we’re listing down the important equipment which you really need:

Telephoto Lenses

Here is one thing which you amazing iPhone do not have. And it happens to be that one thing you will definitely need if you’re following predatory animals. Any wildlife camera body works well, actually, but you will definitely need one of these.

Tripod

These lenses are huge and could weigh up to 20 pounds. Lugging it around is hard enough so can you imagine putting this over your shoulder for hours? A tripod is definitely a must have here too.

Trail or Game Camera

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Patience is needed in this photography genre. But you don’t have to wait so long or stalk the animal for miles with a deer camera. All you need to do is set it up strategically then wait.

According to several trail camera reviews here, it’s best to go for the ones which have quick transmission to your device. There is one brand which can do so in just 90 seconds, allowing you to spot the animal immediately.

A 4×4 Vehicle

Staying put in one place is very hard especially if you are in the African wilds or Australian outback where predators – your targets – abound. It would be more convenient for you and utterly safer if you were on some kind of vehicle, a 4×4 preferably, to bring you in one place to another. Besides, with a telephoto lens, you really won’t have to go so close.

The Amazing Plus Side of Wildlife Photography

In this day and age when everything is so instant, when you can just easily take a photo then post it on the internet for everyone to see, Wildlife Photography teaches you so many things about life.

The more time you spend with an animal or a herd of them gives you a better understanding about them and how they live. And that understanding allows you to have more respect for their existence in this world, nature and how it works.

Kelly Hernandez

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