Wildlife photography, top tips on how to enjoy it.
There is probably no more challenging subject for cameras than wildlife. This is why it is so universally popular. Whether it is digital or film, polar bears or flycatchers, the quest for the perfect shot is endless. It is not like photographing a building, wedding or landscape where the subject matter is more obliging or pliable. The quarry is invariably erratic, endangered and elusive.
However the pursuit of this precious image is what makes it such fun, so rewarding. It should not be in a competitive way; sadly some rapacious photographers seem to leave their code of ethics at home, if they ever had any, even some well known professionals care little for the precarious nature of their environment. The image should never take preference over the situation.
STAFF SHOT OF THE MONTH
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Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens review
This mark two is the mutt's nuts. Rather than clinical tests in a sterile studio, or asinine shots in the back yard or local field I took this to Brazil. Jaguars hand held from a boat - a test for any piece of optic, large or small. Did this shape up? Well, it strutted onto my Mark 4, demanded my full attention with its boldness and put in a very decent shift.
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM review
Up close on 2.8 with portraits, it is off the scale. Hand held it measures up and more. With or without extender the performance is flawless.
Canon have informed me they still have not received the lens back. I told them I have used the same delivery company for years, I cannot understand this ......
The Wildlife Extra UK Wildlife Photography Competition 2011 has been won by Peter Denness with his stunning image of a hare. We don't usually go for black and white images, but Peter's hare was just too good.
- Agnieszka Dymek - Bugs
- Peter Denness - Mammals
- Howard Booty - Birds
- Matthew Oxley - Reptile, Amphibian & Marine Life
- Martin Sothcott - Landscapes
- Lisa Clyma - Under 16s
Wildlife photographer of the year winner disqualified
Safari Photography Masterclass
Elliott Neep has many years of experience of wildlife photography. The advice he gives is the product of years of photography, travelling to India, Kenya, and the Polar Regions, and will hopefully have a much wider appeal and relevance than just Safari Photography.
TIPS ON HOW TO ENJOY WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY.
The advances in cameras, especially lenses, film and mega pixel-count have been extraordinary, but they are no cast iron guarantee for success. Here are several personal tips which are essential for successful wildlife photography even before you pick up the camera.
Other wildlife photography pages.
Wildlife in the garden competition.
Australian Wildlife Photography
Shane Walker lives in New South Wales and specialises in Australian wildlife photography.
Wildlife Photography Holidays
There is now a wide range of wildlife photography holidays all around the world. Steppes Discovery run a selection of very responsible wildlife photography holidays.
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