When people think about wildlife photography they often think that it’s going to be hard, that you have to go off by yourself into the forest and sit and wait for an animal to come along.  Yes, there are photographers who do that, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

When was the last time you saw a bird?  Any bird?  Yesterday?  Today?

Photographing wildlife doesn’t mean you have to put in the amount of effort most people think it entails.  Like going to Antarctica, for example, to photograph penguins and seals.  You can have a great photographic experience just photographing the wildlife in your local area.

Birds are everywhere.  Granted, not everyone is a bird watcher.  But they provide a fantastic subject for you to practice on.  Start out by waiting until they are not flying and then as you get a little quicker and get to know the settings your camera needs to be on, try to capture them in flight – remember to use a small enough aperture to get the whole bird in focus.

After some practice, go for a walk.  In the woods, along the beach, around the park, it doesn’t matter but try to choose somewhere that you think you will come across some wildlife.  You might find snakes, spiders, chipmunks, kangaroos, who knows.  If you do manage to come across a normally skittish animal such as deer or kangaroos, be sure to be very quiet and slow with your movements.  You don’t want to scare them away before you get the shot.

Photographing wildlife is fairly good on the wallet too.  All you really need to start with is your camera.  After some practice, if you want to get a little more serious, you can buy a zoom lens for getting those close up shots from a distance.  A tripod might come in handy too in those low light situations.

Happy Shooting!

Pics By Nick - White Faced Heron

Pics By Nick - Japanese Snow Monkey

Pics By Nick - Rainbow Lorikeet