by Tesni Ward Published 30/01/2018
How lucky wildlife photographers must be Öexperiencing and witnessing some of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world; who wouldnít want the chance to see and experience that, let along photograph it?! Well make no mistake, wildlife photography can be one of the most infuriating and testing styles of photography, but itís also one of the most rewarding. The time spent out tracking, observing and photographing wildlife can be enriching for the soul, so as frustrating as the countless failures to locate or photograph your subject may be, it all becomes worth it when the elements mesh together and you get that shot you were seeking.
Having worked extensively for wildlife for nearly three years now, Iíve been able to recognise some of the key things necessary to put the odds in your favour and increase the chance of success.
Research your subject
Nothing is more important in your quest to becoming a wildlife photographer than having a deep understanding and knowledge of your subject. Before starting out on any project, itís advised to spend a considerable amount of time researching your subject, speaking with experts and searching for potential locations in preparation for your first encounter. Donít be afraid to ask for help or contact groups or clubs that may have experience dealing with the animal youíre seeking.
Patience is key
In theory, wildlife photography should be easy; find where the animal is, wait and eventually capture some photographs. In reality, it is far more difficult than this. Just because youíve identified a location where your subject may be does not mean it will be there tomorrow. On top of this, you also have to wait for the appropriate behaviour, light and you being in the right place at the right time! Although you can make your own luck to a point by being there as often as possible, there will always be an element of luck with wildlife photography.
Ethics before photographs
Capturing an image youíre over the moon with is a fantastic feeling but if itís to the detriment of the subject was it really worth it? If you find that you will have to negatively impact, disturb or upset the animal to capture the image you want, itís far better to find an alternative way.
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