How to Become a Wildlife Photographer



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How to Be a Wildlife Photographer

Have you ever wanted to become professional wildlife photographer? With the proper techniques and by following these steps you can get paid to do something you (hopefully) love to do.

Steps

  1. Invest in a good camera and lens.Plan on using at least as much money on a good telephoto lens as on the camera itself.
  2. When you see an animal you want to photograph, sneak up on it like a hunter.If the animal sees you or hears you it will run away. Wildlife photography requires a whole lot of patience and stillness.
  3. Consider choosing one area (or species) that hasn't been photographed a lot, so that you can have an edge.
  4. Sell your photographs.In addition to going to publishers and magazines, go to stock agencies. Your photos could end up where you least expect them. Maybe in National Geographic magazine, which would be incredibly awesome.

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    Where can I upload my wildlife photography?
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    There are a lot of websites that allow you to upload your pictures. There is also an app called EyeEm that allows you to put your pictures up in the market where people who are looking can contact you. You can also look for other stock picture websites.
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    What degree should I earn to become a wildlife photographer?
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    Most very successful photographers have degrees in many diverse fields, such as journalism, anthropology, sociology or psychology, fine arts, and sciences. But if you want to specifically be a wildlife photographer, I would recommend a degree in natural science, such as biology, environmental science, or zoology. This will help you have a greater understanding of the wildlife you will be photographing.
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  • Question
    What do I need to be a wildlife photographer?
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    A camera, patience, and the nerve to explore!
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    What should I do if my family doesn't support my dream of being a wildlife photographer?
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    You should pursue whatever you're passionate about, even if your family doesn't support you as much as they should. It's your life and you should live it for yourself. You're the one who has to live with the consequences of your choices every day, after all.
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    How can I become a wildlife photographer if I work in the army?
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    Photograph the animals around you, even if it is the same species every time.
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    Which camera should I use to be a wildlife photographer?
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    I recommend a budget DSLR or mirrorless camera to start off with. Also, invest in a decent telephoto lens to pair with the body.
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    Can I have another part-time job if I am working as a wildlife photographer?
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    Yes, although it will limit the amount of time you can dedicate to improving your photography.
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    How do I learn about being a wildlife photographer online?
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    I have learned a lot from wildlife/travel photographers on YouTube. Watch a lot of videos on the site relating to composition, field techniques, gear recommendations, and other general topics.
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    How do I become a wildlife photographer when I have just completed my 10th standard?
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    Take photos of local wildlife close to where you live and build a portfolio of your work. You can also keep an eye out for photo contests and art shows to display your work.
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  • Keep a steady hand or set up a tripod when you take a photo, otherwise your pictures will turn out blurry. Some digital cameras let you know when you have a shaky hand. A tripod will minimize blur.
  • Keep a backup drive of all your photography. It may even be wise to keep two backups.
  • Wear camouflage to blend in. Be sure you are not spotted by an aggressive wild animal. Many animals are quite dangerous.
  • Have patience and stillness. Many animals are quite startled by a loud or sudden noises.
  • Think about going waterproof if you want to get pictures of fish or sea turtles. Or to protect the camera from rain or water splashes you could wrap a plastic bag around the camera body.
  • You probably smell of shampoo, deodorant and/or perfume. You probably can't tell it yourself, but many animals may stay away if they are downwind from you, so place yourself wisely or use hygiene products specially formulated for hunters to "blend in".





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