Wildlife Photography How To

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Josh Miller  |  Jun 13, 2013  |  0 comments

At my workshops and lectures I am often asked by photographers how I am able to get sharp images at slow shutter speeds out of the affordable 70-300mm zoom I use for backpacking while they are unable to get sharp images with their 70-200 f/2.8 pro lenses. It is true that when it comes to lenses, the price tag does match the quality in terms of durability and sharpness at wide apertures. But by the time my carry-along backpacking lens is stopped down to f/8, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between photos taken with it and images taken with the most expensive pro lenses. Honestly, the lack of sharpness in photos has less to do with the tele lens you are using than it might seem and more to do with long lens technique.

Joe Farace  |  Sep 01, 2015  |  0 comments

If there’s a more challenging photographic discipline than wildlife photography, I don’t know what it is. It requires heavy and expensive long focal length lenses, a sturdy tripod, and the physical prowess to schlep all this gear through physically demanding environments. If you’re thinking “that’s not you, Joe,” you are correctamundo so I asked a few friends for advice on telephoto lenses and this is what they told me.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 10, 2017  |  0 comments

Greg Du Toit is a South African nature photographer and winner of the 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year award. He recently made these amazing images of elephants taking a bath while he was submerged in their watering hole at Botswana’s Mashatu Game Reserve.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Sep 16, 2019  |  0 comments

Every year the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards gives us a good chuckle and this year is no exception. The annual competition recently released its finalists for the 2019 Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards and we've selected ten of our laugh-out-loud favorites and included them in this story.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Sep 12, 2018  |  0 comments

Shutterbug photographer Jordan Matter is back with a new how-to video, this time giving you three reasons you should seriously consider adding a telephoto zoom lens to your gear bag now. 

Ron Leach  |  Jun 04, 2018  |  0 comments

Tripods tend to be standard equipment for wildlife photographers striving for optimum sharpness. But when photographing birds, these three-legged camera supports can often be an encumbrance— especially when shooting birds in flight.

Ron Leach  |  Sep 14, 2016  |  0 comments

On Monday we shared the finalists in this year’s international Wildlife Photography of the Year Competition, and now we can show you the stunning winners of another contest: The 2016 British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA).

Shutterbug Staff  |  May 07, 2018  |  0 comments

Last week we told you about an upcoming segment on 60 Minutes on renowned wildlife photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen. The story aired last night on CBS and it’s already up online.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 27, 2019  |  0 comments

Photographing wildlife is more art than science but there are a few things you should know if you're planning to capture critters in their natural habitats.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Feb 12, 2019  |  0 comments

You don’t have to head to the country or go on safari to photograph wildlife. In fact, you can capture stunning wildlife photos right in your own town or city if you know where to look.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 22, 2018  |  0 comments

Wildlife photographers often travel far and wide to capture photographs of birds in exotic locations. But in this quick tutorial you’ll see how to shoot impressive photos of our featured friends, right in your own backyard.

Dan Havlik  |  Oct 09, 2014  |  1 comments

Ok, this should give you a good chuckle this morning. Photographer Tony Northrup has teamed up with his wife Chelsea, who's also a photographer, to create a hilarious video called “Stuff that Annoys Wildlife Photographers.”

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 10, 2018  |  0 comments

One of the hardest things about photographing birds is that they usually know you’re there. Whether it’s by seeing, smelling, or hearing you, our fine feathered friends are always acutely aware of your presence, especially when you have a giant telephoto lens pointed at them.

Barry Tanenbaum  |  Aug 01, 2017  |  0 comments

Anup Shah believes there is an authenticity to the personalities of wild animals: an animal in the wild wears no mask and assumes no role that is not genuine; neither is that animal influenced by humans in the way a captive creature would be.

Maria Piscopo  |  Jul 28, 2017  |  0 comments

Photographing wildlife in their natural habitat has always been both challenging and rewarding. Whether you develop a business selling the use of the images or leading workshop tours, this field requires a special combination of passion and patience. In this article, we look at how and where wildlife photos can be sold as well as prospects to pursue and pitfalls to avoid. Special thanks to our four contributors: Sean Crane; Barbara Fleming (Fleming Safari Company, LLC); Eric Horan (Lowcountry Photo Safaris); and Josh Patterson.

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