Wildlife Photography How To

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Deborah Sandidge  |  Oct 04, 2019  |  0 comments

On my recent visit to Africa as a photo tour pro, I decided to capture the beauty and the wildlife of the Serengeti totally mirrorless. Considering my recent move to the format, the trip was confirmation of how committed I am to it, as I took only my mirrorless Nikon Z cameras—three of them, in fact: my Z6, Z7, and the Z7 I had converted to infrared. Yes, I'm all in.

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.

Josh Miller  |  Jul 12, 2016  |  0 comments

When it comes to bird photography, no species is more majestic and more sought after than the bald eagle. Its status as America’s national bird wasn’t always a sure bet (Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey). Bald eagles also nearly went extinct during the 20th century from their eggshells thinning due to the proliferation of DDT. But today as a result of aggressive protections under the Endangered Species Act, as well as the banning of DDT, these beautiful birds have made a dramatic recovery.

Maria Piscopo  |  Aug 07, 2015  |  0 comments

Wildlife and nature photography is certainly a niche market but it turns out to be bigger than many think. According to our contributing photographers in this month’s column, photos of nature and wildlife can be sold for a broad range of uses, including stock, editorial, book publishing, interior design, fine art, and even assignment. Other important questions we ask our wildlife and nature photographers this month include what does it take to make your passion for these subjects a business? How do you market and promote your images?

Stan Trzoniec  |  Jan 28, 2014  |  First Published: Dec 01, 2013  |  1 comments

When photographing animals on an African safari, sharp photos are a gift to bring home and it all centers on proper technique. Use the “sweet spot” on the lens; with both of my shorter lenses it was around f/5.6 or f/8. On the longer zoom, I found f/5 or f/5.6 gave me needle-sharp and distortion-free images. With the animal at rest, always put that focusing spot on the eye. On longer distances or perhaps with the animal moving, place that spot on the shoulder or flank to keep a decent depth of field throughout their length.

Rich Sheremeta  |  Jan 17, 2014  |  First Published: Feb 01, 2014  |  0 comments

Wildlife photographers with any interest in photographing big Alaskan brown bears should certainly consider the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, professed to have the highest concentration of large adult brown bears in the world with over 70 bears having been seen at any one time. The sanctuary is located on the Alaskan Peninsula about 100 air miles west of Homer and is only reachable by floatplane.

Rick Sheremeta  |  Jan 03, 2014  |  First Published: Nov 01, 2013  |  0 comments

Winter is an extraordinary time in Yellowstone. Temperatures often plummet well below zero. Moisture ejected into the icy air from myriad thermal features creates a microclimate that turns into a wintry fairyland. The colder it becomes, the more pronounced these effects, and the more beautiful the surroundings become. Whether it’s wildlife, geothermal features, extraordinary scenery, or any combination thereof, Yellowstone National Park (YNP) is, hands down, one of the best places in the world to view and photograph these treasures.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 23, 2016  |  0 comments

The BBC has just released an extended trailer for the sequel to their wildly popular Planet Earth Series. Directed by Sir David Attenborough, Planet Earth II picks up where the original 2006 series left off, and is scheduled for release in the U.S. on January 28, 2017 and will be broadcast every Saturday on BBC America.

Ron Leach  |  Sep 06, 2017  |  0 comments

The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers (SINWP) is a British organization for professional and amateur shooters devoted to capturing images of the natural world. SINWP holds monthly competitions for their members, and the striking shots you see here are the winners of the group’s August Wonders of Wildlife contest. 

Ron Leach  |  Dec 07, 2016  |  0 comments

Renowned British filmmaker/photographer Philip Bloom is known for cinematic images that tell a story. He recently spent three days in northern Norway making this beautiful 4K video of Orca whales and the Aurora Borealis.

Huub de Waard  |  Aug 16, 2013  |  0 comments

One of my favorite books as a child was Eric in the Land of the Insects, written by the Dutch author Godfried Bomans. In this humorous fantasy, 9-year-old Eric enters the landscape painting that hangs on his wall and discovers a world of man-sized wasps, bees, butterflies, and other insects that are stunningly similar to the world of humans. Once photography became a part of my life my world was populated with grasshoppers, spiders, snails, flies, dragonflies, and butterflies—Eric’s world.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 25, 2017  |  0 comments

The day started off pretty normal for scuba diver Craig Capehart who was sitting in a small inflatable boat in the Indian Ocean off the Coast of Mbotyl, South Africa. The seas were unusually calm as Capehart and friends were out hunting for sardines.

Ron Leach  |  May 30, 2016  |  0 comments

The state of Wisconsin is teaming up with NASA and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in a unique project to identify the state’s wildlife populations with the installation of 5,000 strategically placed trail cameras. The “Snapshot Wisconsin” initiative employs remote sensing satellites and a global crowd-sourced database to create what aims to be the “richest and most comprehensive caches of wildlife data for any spot on our planet.”

Ron Leach  |  Apr 21, 2016  |  0 comments

National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen says “I always wanted to go down to Antarctica and get into the water with as many leopard seals as I could.” In the viral video below, he almost got more than he bargained for when a massive leopard seal took both his camera and his head into its mouth.

 

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