Wildlife Photography Hints: Make a portrait of your Wildlife!

Very few of us specialize in Wildlife. Wildlife requires expensive equipment, patience and techniques that I lack as a photographer. Earning money based on Wildlife Photography, is so challenging. You really have to be passionate about wildlife to succeed.  This being said, you, I and everybody else do meet wildlife or domestic animals that scream for a picture or a portrait. This was the case with this white-tailed deer.

I was on Charron Islands on this early morning hoping to catch the sunrise on the Port of Montreal. On my way back, this deer was looking at me screaming for its picture to be taken. The sun was at a very low angle. The light of the sun was perfect. Eyes, ears and mustache where showing with great clarity.

I was a bit far away with my Canon 5D3 and its 70-200mm lens. The end result that you can see here is cropped. Nonetheless, my “deer” friend took the time to pose, looking directly at me. The chosen background was great, I couldn’t have done better. I took that shot at f8, ensuring a good portion of the nice flowers in front would also be sharp. I knew that at f8 the background would be blurred as I wished.

I like this shot. This is the nicest picture I took of wildlife up to now. This is why I believe this is a collaboration effort.

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Wildlife Photography Hints:

  1. Wildlife is easier to spot early on in the morning and in late afternoon;
  2. Water is another “very attractive” place where Wildlife come often;
  3. State Park and National Park are other sure bet;
  4. Get closer, zoom-in and crop as needed to make your new friend nice.

You know what? Landscape photography is often better in early morning or late afternoon near water in a State or National Park.  Bring a long lens with you when heading for landscape photography and you might, just like me, end up hitting two birds with one stone!

These are just some Wildlife Photography Hints.  In order to get the most of your Wildlife Photography you could consider this course on Udemy:

Wildlife Photography: How To Get Close

Wildlife photography is among filming’s greatest challenges. At its best, it occurs in wild places and conditions, deals with shy subjects, offers no possibility for shooter-subject communication or direction, and seldom allows “scheduling” for best conditions. Even so, it’s not simply random; proper knowledge helps you achieve consistent success in this highly-rewarding pursuit.

Whether your interest is making money through publication, sharing through programs, or simply to satisfy your favorite hobby, this wildlife course pays for itself many times over. Take it and make your own great wildlife pictures!

Full details of what is included in that course:

  • Over 14 lectures and 2.5 hours of content!
  • Photographer understands basic and necessary photo gear
  • Photographer gains understanding of wildlife sign, sense, habitats, and behaviors
  • Photographer learns how to set up for best photos (blinds, hides etc)
  • photographer learns techniques for getting close (game calling, food and water, trail cameras etc)
  • Photographer learns resources to aid knowledge of wildlife
  • Objective: photographer takes great wildlife photos!

When heading out for Landscape Photography, do you have a longer lens with you for some Wildlife Portraits?