Wildlife photography is a genre of photography concerned with documenting various forms of wildlife in their natural habitat. As well as requiring photography skills, wildlife photographers may need field craft skills.
12 Tips for Taking Stunning Photos of Wildlife
- Go to where the wild things are.
- Use a long lens.
- Don’t use a flash.
- Make yourself scarce.
- Use a fast shutter speed.
- Take advantage of your camera’s burst mode.
- Go macro.
- Be patient.
- Avoid shooting around midday.
- Keep your distance.
- Avoid baiting wild animals.
- Venture underwater.
Top 5 Famous Wildlife Photographers in World
5. Stefano Unterthiner:
A contributing National Geographic Photographer, Stefano specializes in telling stories of his chosen species through their photographs. He chooses a certain animal species as his muse and spend days in contact with them and comes up with tales of them through his lens. Every Bird a King is his acclaimed work on the Penguins in the Crozet archipelago. Like his contemporaries he too has been published in worldwide magazines and widely acknowledged for his work to raise awareness about wildlife and environmental preservation and degradation.
4. Cyril Ruoso:
Like his contemporaries, Cyril too feels the same way about the environment and his photographs are just his way of portraying the beauty of the wild which would perhaps garner some sort of interest in people to actually make them care. His work is typically focused on the monkeys and apes and their lives. Infact he has written several books on the same subjects.
3. Steve Winter:
He has travelled far and wide as a wildlife photographer for National Geographic Magazine. This was infact the life he dreamt of as a child and which he has successfully realized. For him wildlife photography is not only about capturing the animals in their natural habitats but also an avenue to inculcate interest in people for the same. ‘The Snow Leopard’ by him is infact regarded as one of the best in the world.
2. Brian Skerry:
An underwater photojournalist with astonishingly huge hours spent underwater, over 10,000 hours at that, is an acclaimed National Geographic Magazine photographer. He is as much passionate about his work as is his inclination for capturing stories through his pictures for conservation of wildlife at large. The majestic sea that he captures is pleasing to the eyes and at the same time speaks volumes about the message of preservation that he so fervently wants to depict. His ‘Man and Whale’ is among his highly celebrated works.
1. David Maitland:
David Maithland is top famous wildlife photographer. He is a PhD in Zoology and an accomplished photographer. He has won several awards including the Wildlife Photographer of the Year in two consecutive years 2008 and 2009 which is commendable considering the fact that he had only taken up full time Nature Photography in 2006. His photographs capture the interaction of man and the wild. Infact, his work shows how men exploit animals for their benefit. One such picture of his of ‘Black Colobus Monkey’ is among his best work till date.
How much does a wildlife photographer make?
Since many wildlife photographers are self-employed and work on a freelance basis, their salaries vary widely by year and individual. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual wage of all photographers was $40,280 per year, or $19.37 per hour, as of May 2015.
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