The Essence of Wildlife Photography: Part 1
The Essence of Wildlife Photography
This series of posts will be taken partly from my notes on a wildlife photography workshop that I give at the Ed Yarborough Education Center in the Geneva Wilderness area.
Part 1: Getting to Know Your Subject.
Because this workshop was for those who want to take their wildlife photography beyond just the “nature walk picture taking,” one of the first things you will want to do is really get to know your subject.
So I do my
research. The internet is a wealth of information. Just type your subject into
your favorite web browser and tons of articles will pop up. For those of you in
Florida, the Florida Fish and WildlifeConservation Commission is a great place to start. So whether my intended
subject is a specific bird, alligators, deer, bear or even the Florida Panther,
I research as much as I can about the subject; learning its habits - territories, feeding, mating, brooding.
Anything and everything I can learn about my subject will help me better
prepare for the shoot; which will, in turn, help me get better photos of that
knew enough about them to recognize what this one was about to do. Many times behavior like this lasts only a few seconds, so if you are ready you won’t miss as many of the cool shots.