Wildlife Photography Tips From Trial & Error

A lot of photographers go after the best possible camera gear and settings in an effort to improve their wildlife photography. While both of those matter, that’s not where the world ends. There are quite a few other aspects, most of which are behavioral, that can have an even bigger impact. In this video, photographers Tony and Chelsea Northrup share five such tips that you can follow to take your wildlife photography to the next level:

Camera gear is just a small part of the equation. We have control over our equipment, but not over the animals we’re shooting. And since we’re in their territory, we need to be prepared for any response.

It’s important that you over-prepare before heading into the field. Since you’ve no idea how long it’ll take to find your subject, over-preparation is better than being caught off guard. Prepare your clothing for all kinds of weather and carry ample food, water, bug spray and other necessities.

“If you’re not over-prepared, you’re not prepared.”

It also pays if you invest some of your time in learning about the habits and habitats of the wildlife you’re after. This way, you can predict where you can find your subject and prepare you to take better shots.

Another important trait that you ought to have for wildlife photography is patience. It’d be so easy if we could have the wildlife pose for us as we do with humans, but that is simply not the case. We have to follow their rules and wait until the right moment to photograph them. You may need to wait hours to get even a single shot. Northrup shares how he listens to podcasts to spend time while he’s waiting for his shot.

The most important tip that Northrup shares is to be respectful to the animals out there. Don’t go close to them or feed them—your food might not be safe for them to eat. A small mistake can scare them off entirely. Many animals are very sensitive creatures.

Be sure to watch the complete video for more insights. You’ll definitely learn some useful tips for improving your wildlife photography.

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  1. Wildlife photography has emerged as one of the most exciting career options by youths off-late.

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