Friday, May 4, 2012

Do's and Don'ts of Wildlife Photography

Cat, found at:
Elephant, found at:
There are many things to know when photographing an animal. It’s not just an easy snap of a camera. This is a long process that involves lots of time, thinking, and patience. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to remember when snapping a picture of your favorite animal:

Do: Bring backup lenses and plenty of extra material. No one wants to be in the midst of a shoot and have something break. It’s always good to have an extra set of everything you need available.

Do: Be aware of the weather! You should always be prepared for even the nastiest kinds of weather. Bring things such as a poncho, shorts, tank top, pants, and a hefty jacket. A hat wouldn’t be a terrible idea. Hats can block out the sun and make things easier to see up close. Be prepared for the kinds of shots you’ll get in late afternoon or early morning. You may need tents or certain types of shading to capture just the right shots.

Don’t: Be afraid to research the place you’ll be shooting at. You need to be aware of your surroundings. Make sure you’re prepared with bug spray. You never know what kind of creatures you’ll be around!

Don’t: Do not EVER get too close to wild animals. There have been several times where animals attacked without the slightest warning. Be sure to research the animal and its signs of fear. Also, research how to approach the animal to make sure you don’t provoke it. There are always stories about photographers getting mauled by bears, lions, etc.

As long as you follow these tips, you should come out with some pretty safe results and some amazing pictures. Remember, always be prepared!


  1. These are very great tips for capturing animals in their own element. You need to be prepared or else you might end up getting lost, bitten, or breaking all your equipment. The pictures that come out of this type of shoots are beautiful. Overall, great post!

  2. Thanks for the interesting information I agree on all your steps. I think these are great steps and everyone should be prepared.

  3. I like how you have formatted this post. Oh my goodness, this is great information! I'll be sure to use this advice when I photograph my pet tarantula, Gizzle! Thanks blogger! :)))

  4. The first don't option is not formatted correctly. It's a little confusing. I'd love to know where your information came from. Some hyperlinks to it may help. Also, the photos are beautiful.

  5. I think the pictures are beautiful, but I also would like some hyper links and less confusion with the blog. It just seems like you don't know what to do so you will just through something together.