How to Shoot Wildlife Photography

Wildlife photography is a niche which many photographers are not eager to delve into. There are two categories of wildlife photography. The first is wild and the second is those under human control. Either of these categories offers images which are unmatched. The excitement that is attached to capturing such a wild image in a natural environment is invigorating. It is not always a probability however to travel to locations which are exotic in nature, or spend weeks tracking down a wild animal in its natural habitat. Also, wild animals in their natural environment are extremely dangerous and tracking one could lead the animal to perceive you as a threat.

Learning how to shoot wildlife photography involves elements of close-ups versus environmental shots. There are times when you want full head shots of the wildlife, but not always. For these types of head shots, a zoo is a good place to take pictures. When the animal is in its natural environment, capturing the elements behind and around the wildlife adds character and life to the photos. When the location is as spectacular as the animal, the composition is made by incorporating both, giving the animal a sense of place. By photographing the animal in its natural environment, the wildlife should compose a majority of the frame, making a proper statement.

When you are shooting wildlife photography from a vehicle, you can gain a much closer approach than you could by tracking the animal on foot. Wild animal parks are a great place to capture wildlife in their natural environment without the added risk of being exposed. You can drive a vehicle through the park and most of the animals are accustomed to their sights and sounds and will not feel a threat or run off. When you are in a vehicle shooting wildlife photography, you can use a stable platform which can be attached firmly to the door of the driver’s side with the window rolled down. These mounts can be found at a variety of sources online and in most local photography shops. If you do not have one of these mounts, a pouch made of burlap or fabric can be filled with coarse sand, beans, or uncooked rice and used to stabilize the camera. If you are traveling frequently, this option is best because you can travel with an empty sack and fill it with the aforementioned items upon arrival at each destination.

In order to find wildlife subjects whom you can photography, use the internet. The internet provides a great way to locate certain subjects, particularly useful if you reside in the city. Once you select the type of animal in which you are interested, you can do a search for them and locate breeders or national parks which might be close to you. If the location is a breeding farm or other type of business, don’t hesitate to phone them and ask if you might be allowed to photograph in exchange for copies of your photos or a small fee.

About The Author: Elias Cortez is a freelance writer and the editor of – a website which provides detailed reviews and information for mini netbooks. You can learn more about the best netbooks on the market at his website.


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