Wildlife Photo Challenges: Bad Light, Composition, Workflow, & More (VIDEO)

Wildlife photography provides a number of unique challenges, not the least of which is locating the subjects you intend to shoot. One often has to deal with difficult light, whether it’s midday sun, deep shadows, or impending darkness when some species are most active.

Depending upon what you’re shooting, the potential for danger is also a possibility. In the video below, an experienced pro explains why he considers gear and camera settings far less important for capturing great images than patience, practice, and experience. And he shares a few valuable secrets for bringing back trophy images.

Wildlife photographer Will Goodlet spends much of his time exploring the grasslands of Africa, armed with a Canon EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera and a few lenses. But whether you’re planning an exotic safari, or a short drive to a local nature center, Goodlet’s tips will greatly increase your odds of success.

As in his other wildlife tutorials, Goodlet doesn’t spend much time discussing equipment or the technical aspects of photography. Instead, he concentrates on the importance of visual storytelling, what it took for him to get the money shot, and how to deal with the unpredictable conditions that are so common with this type of photography.

In this episode you’ll watch him chasing wildebeest and guineafowl under harsh light, while discussing his unique approach to workflow. While following Goodlet on the outing, you’ll view his splendid imagery, and gain insight into his love for the species he photographs. In fact, this obvious affection for wildlife is no doubt partly responsible for the impact of his work.

You’ll see why Goodlet takes a thoughtful approach to wildlife photography, slows down on the shutter button, and strives for quality rather than quantity at all times. He has a lot more to sage advice to offer, so slow down and take a close look.

You can find more wildlife photography videos on Goodet’s YouTube channel, and in another story we posted with some great tips on capturing birds in flight.