Questions tagged [wildlife]

a genre of photography which covers photography of animals in their natural habitat

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What are must-haves for a beginner in wildlife photography?

I've enjoyed taking pictures of wildlife on my phone for a while, especially birds, and would like to get a camera to get better quality images. I would possibly like to try some astrophotography too. ...
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Beginning photographer wants advice on how to shoot Alaskan Cruise glaciers and wildlife [closed]

I have a Rebel T3i with Canon zoom lens EF-S 18-55 mm lens 1:3.5-5.6 IS ll and a Canon EF-S55-250 mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. I would appreciate any advice on how to get clear photos and video on our ...
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Silent camera bean bag filling

Currently I have a camera bean bag filled with polystyrene and I find the sound quite loud and annoying, especially on a safari. I don’t believe that the sound is distracting any wildlife, but it is ...
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Setup for photographing moose scat for 3d reconstruction and further analysis

I am not a professional photographer, so I ask for your indulgence in that some basics may not be obvious to me. I am in the early stages of planning a scientific study on a moose (Alces alces) ...
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External flash power-on time/battery life without power-save function

I am looking for cheap external flash for my wildlife camera trap (Canon EOS 40D). I got cheap Metz 44 AF-1 But unfortunately- it has built in power-safe function which can not be disabled in Manual/...
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Sony A7III travel/wildlife combo: 70-200mm f/4 + 2x teleconverter, or sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3?

After taking my Sony A7III and Sony G 70-200 f/4 telephoto to a couple of hiking and camping trips, I'm looking forward to improve my equipment to get more into wildlife photography. So I need longer ...
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Why is my camera missing the action again and again?

I shot a series of images in continuous high with my D4 + AF-S 300mm F/2.8 of this rat. I set my camera to AF-C single point and also tried the D9 setting. Throughout the series of images I kept ...
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Telephoto Lens Advice for Canon

I use a Canon 600D and currently have three lenses: EFS 18-55mm A very old 50mm Pentax I use with adapter A very old (1970s?) Auto Super-Paragon 200mm f/3.3 I use with an adapter I want to get more ...
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150-600 mm lens for Nikon D5600

I have checked Sigma and Tamron 150-600 which are mentioned (in Amazon) as compatible with Nikon D5600. The reason why I am posting is to know whether to go with any of these lens with this camera or ...
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Which lens do you recommend for entry level bird and wildlife photography on Canon APS-C DSLRs?

My son got a EOS 800d camera for his 21st birthday. The included lens is a 18-55mm f/4.5.6 IS STM. He is finding that it does not zoom enough to take good pictures of local wildlife. We have several ...
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I miss my Pentax Spot-o-Matic but must choose a camera for amateur nature photography; get a new iPhone or an actual camera?

I need help deciding between a phone and an actual camera for amateur nature photography. I need something that can be ON by the time I've raised it and quick to focus when I'm in a hurry, and will be ...
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Canon 200mm f/2.8 L II USM vs Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX APO DG OS or something else?

I'm looking for replacement of my Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM. Camera is Canon EOS 700D. Requirements: amateur photograph, especially nature and birds, mostly walking rarely hiding, focal ...
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maximal detail in extreme low light: longer lens or shorter and faster lens?

I have found a spot where I can take photos of owls. The problem is that they are always showing up very late so it gets quite dark. I have a Nikon D500 which goes up to ISO 51200 and last night I ...
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Where can I find resources for researching animal behavior for Wildlife photography?

I'm wanting to dig into wildlife photography more intentionally. From what I've read on wildlife photography this means I need to learn about the animals I want to take pictures of. Specifically ...
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Zoom lenses for wildlife at 600 meters

I spend alot of time driving back roads for work I just got a rebel 7 and I'm trying to find a lense for taking picture of bears and other animals from about 600 meters and have a fairly close up ...
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Supertele: 400mm vs 600mm

Im about to get the Nikkor 400mm F/2.8 VR (not the FL one). This is a lens I always desired. I have already planned some tours through northern Europe and hope to gain some wildlife photography ...
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Coolpix P900 in 2020 [closed]

Is it worthy to buy Coolpix P900 in 2020 for $495? If it is not, what are the best options under $500 for nature and wildlife photography?
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Build a wireless real-time camera trap [closed]

I am looking to build a camera trap for wildlife viewing, able to capture pictures (or even videos) in decent quality to be able to identify distinct features. I do however need to be able to see the ...
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What features should be prioritized when buying a camera intended for wildlife/zoo photography?

I currently use a Canon 750D and I'm thinking about upgrading my camera body (followed by lenses) in the future. I use the camera for various types of photography but predominantly wildlife and zoo ...
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Lens for Nikon D5600 recommended for bird photography

I purchased Nikon D5600 last month. While doing bird photography I realize, 70-300 mm lens is not sufficient. I have few queries: (1) Which lens is recommended for wildlife photography? I checked ...
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Which lens should I get for a Canon T7i for shooting on safari, the 70-300 or 55-250? [closed]

Haven't had a camera for years. I read great reviews on the Canon T7i EOS DSLR. My wife & I are going on a safari in South Africa and I'm thinking about buying this. I can get it with an 18-55mm ...
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Why exactly do action photographers need high fps burst cameras?

I've heard that sports and wildlife photographers need cameras that can take lots of photos in a second in the burst mode. But why? Yes, simple question — but why?
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Is it worth upgrading one stop for wildlife photography?

I have just purchased the following lens to accompany my Nikon D500: AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR - £1,349 (see here) However, having purchased this lens a few hours ago, it has been pointed out ...
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Zoom or Prime Lens(es) for Wildlife Photography on Limited Budget (Nikon D500)

I am currently looking into purchasing some new lenses to accompany my shiny new Nikon D500 on a safari trip in a month. In the past, I have used a Sigma 150-500mm (purchased in 2009 - see here) with ...
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Lens recommendation for tiger photography

I am planning to take a photography tour in India to photograph tiger and other animals. What lens would be recommended for such purpose? I am canon user and have 5d mk iv with 100-400 IS I. I have ...
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What equipment would be best for a new photographer, interested in macro nature photography?

I recently started a photography class and I really like it, and I want to start taking photos outside of school with my own camera but I don’t know what to get. I love taking close up pictures of ...
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Sigma 150-600mm vs 300mm prime with extender?

Just wanted to get a few opinions since I'm a beginner. I recently purchased a Sigma 150-600mm lens, and I'm wondering if I made the wrong choice. I still have time to return or exchange. I'm ...
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Will a 400mm lens on a Canon 7D help me get better detail of birds in flight than my Panasonic FZ1000?

I am using a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 with a built in 25-400 lens for bird-in-flight photography. My pictures are coming out good with the FZ1000, I’m just not able to get the size and detail of far ...
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How do I get from starting off photography to selling my photos? [closed]

I'm a starting wildlife photographer! My question is, how would I get to from just taking pictures to actually selling them and everything? I'm kinda new to most of this, It would be great to get ...
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Layman's guide to making distant things clearer - add on lenses/monoculars for mobile phones

I'm completely at sea with magnification, crop, zoom and telephoto, despite reading various info. I think it's because I'm not terribly scientific! All I would like to know is, if I am shooting ...
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Will a lens extender be helpful for wildlife photography with a 70-200mm lens and APS-C sensor?

I was planning to do some photography with wildlife and was planning to sell my Canon Mrk2 70-200mm lens. However after discussing this I've been told that it's actually a good lens for wildlife (or ...
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How to calculate which system will work better for me?

For all intents and purposes assume I am using the same 400mm lens, which would give a me better resolution of the subject (bird)? A 50% crop of 42 megapixel Sony a7riii Fullframe A full crop of 20.3 ...
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How should I approach deer to photograph them?

I currently live in suburbia and there's a large field behind my house. Since yesterday I've noticed 3-4 deer grazing there. I've approached them three times at varying times of day and haven't been ...
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Which telephoto lens to choose? [closed]

I have a Canon EOS 50D and 3 lenses: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM I want a telephoto lens to take pics of small animals in ...
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How are the smooth, colorful backgrounds created in these wildlife macro photos?

I've been following a biologist and photographer for a while, and it always strikes me, how visually pleasing his images are because the background always complements the subject very well. Question ...
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How could I make the snake better stand out from the grass in this "backyard wildlife" photograph?

Camera model: Canon DSLR 1200D. Lens used: 56mm to 255 mm zoom lens Settings : Macro mode. Distance between object and camera was about 2m. Can any kind photography expert suggest ...
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Which Teleconverter is best along with my Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105 mm F/3.5-5.6G ED VR Zoom Lens for Nikon-D7200?

I know very well that my lens is not a perfect lens for wildlife Photography at all, but still if i would like to know answers for below questions. Which Teleconverter should I use? How much focal ...
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Suggest the best way to take photos of flying birds [duplicate]

I am an amateur photographer and I have a Sony DSC HX400v bridge camera which has 50x optical zoom (quite helpful in taking close-up shots of wild animals). The effectiveness of the zoom lens is ...
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When are special long lens techniques necessary for sharp wildlife photography?

Over the last year I have been doing a lot more wildlife photography than previously. Investigating, I found there is a concensus that the following is the best technique: Mount the camera and lens ...
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Photographing Sea Turtles hatching on the beach

I'm going to shoot some turtles and watch their walk to the water. I have a Canon t5i rebel and I don't know which settings to use for this particular shot. Which settings should I use to get sharp ...
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Is a superzoom fixed-lens camera or a DSLR better to get started with for wildlife/nature photography?

I am a beginner photographer and have been told I have a knack for it. I am looking to buy a new camera and hope to be able to sell the images. The point and shoot camera would probably be the Canon ...
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How do I shoot birds against the sky to be faithful to their colour?

I have a Nikon D5300, and a host of hawks flying around near where I live. I have two lenses: an AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm VR (1:3.5-5.6GII), and an AF Nikkor 70-300mm (1:4-5.6G). The latter is excellent ...
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Would APS-C be better for shooting wildlife?

Considering the magnification effect of APS-C sensors, they theoretically have to extend the zoom range of telephoto lenses. Accordingly, would it be wiser to use an APS-C camera for shooting wildlife ...
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How to get started with Wildlife Photography?

I am 18 years old and looking to become a wildlife photographer, but am unsure where to start. I am confused due to the many courses, colleges, etc. available. Should I take a course? What will I need?...
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Which Canon 70-200mm is best for a wildlife trip?

New member here.. I signed up after checking similar questions on this matter that didn't fully clear my doubts. I'm planning to buy a Canon 70-200 lens to use on my 550D body. I've been reading ...
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FX lenses on Nikon D500 or D7200 DX vs 1.4x or 1.7x Teleconverter on Nikon D750?

I have a Nikon D750 body, with the 70-200 2.8 and the 200-500 5.6 Nikon lenses. The two options I can think of are: (1) Buy a 1.4x or 1.7x teleconverter for my existing D750 (FX). (1.1) Approx. ...
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Which telephoto lens will be best for photographing bears in Alaska?

I have recently inherited some lenses from my granddad and am going on a trip to Alaska this summer. I want to take one general purpose lense for mountains and close things and one telephoto for ...
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Focus-assist light that arthropods will be least alarmed by?

I've been trying to take pictures of spiders and insects at night, with a working distance of 8-10cm, with the actual photo being lit by flash. In order to (manually) focus, I have a single "warm ...
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For those that can afford fancy teleprimes is it preferred to use AF or MF for birds?

Context I'll be using a Nikon 300mm/f4 on my Sony a6000 and seeing what birds I can get with it. The Sony 55-210mm is what I've been using but it lacks the reach and native teleconverters. ...
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Can I make a budget trail camera with photoelectric sensors?

Only very expensive trailcams (USD 1,000+) are able to take photos of small and extremely fast stoats and weasels. So in order to monitor the presence/absence of weasel and stoat in a certain area, ...
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