Questions tagged [wildlife]

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

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What methods do macro photographers use to get so close to butterflies, bees, insects and the like?

I have seen some super macro photos of things like butterflies and bees that left me wondering how the photographer is able to get so close to the subject long enough to take a photo. Most of the ...
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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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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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Are mirror lenses good for wildlife photography in daylight?

I've recently seen these Rokinon/Opteka mirror lens with whooping focal length (like 500mm, 600mm, 800mm, 1000mm) at a cheap price. And I have seen some of their same pictures in Flickr and vendor ...
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Where can I find advice on using an advanced AF system for wildlife and bird photography?

I recently purchased a Canon 7D, as my previous 450D had become a severely limiting factor in my endeavors to wildlife and bird photography (particularly bird photography, which I LOVE, but for which ...
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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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Is staging, live baiting and sedating animals in wildlife photography a common practice?

I am not a wildlife photographer and frankly I have little interest in wildlife photography outside of the birds and squirrels outside of my kitchen window. I do however enjoy looking at some of the ...
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How can I photograph hummingbirds?

The rules for photographing normal birds largely don't apply to hummingbirds. You're unlikely to be able to predict or keep up with their flight path, especially with autofocus. Additionally, the ...
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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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How important is ISO speed?

My wifes Canon EOS 450D has various speed settings and an auto mode. The quickest one is 1600. She photographs mainly birds, both stationary and in flight and mainly still insects. What are the ...
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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 lenses are best for macro and for birdwatching (both Canon and Nikon)?

Now I have old Sony A100 DSLR + Minolta AF 24-50/4, Minolta AF 50/1.6, Tokina ATX 80-400/4.5-5.6, ... My camera is old. In near future I am going to buy new DSLR. I think it will be Canon or Nikon. I ...
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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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Should I shoot momma possum and her babies?

I have a wood deck in back that a possum family has decided to move in to. Momma has been there for a few days now. She lines up her nose and eyes straight through the 1/4" gaps between the ...
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Best easy-to-carry-around Canon (or ANY OTHER) camera plus lenses for bird /wildlife/landscape photography (hobby)?

Apologies for the long post..Just want to give as much info as possible. I am looking for a suitable camera & lens. Open to suggestions! Initial plan was to buy a Canon 600d. This is a hobby ...
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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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Is the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM suitable for wildlife photography?

I got my first DSLR about a week ago (600d) + af-s 18-135mm kit lens, but I want another lens with greater focal length. So I thought about this lens: CANON 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM How does it ...
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What would be useful to know or read before shooting a Safari?

I'm going on Safari in a couple of months, I've never really done any wild life photography in the past aside from going to my local park and photographing squirrels and water fowl. I own a Nifty 50 ...
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Do wildlife photographers use UV illumination when filming coral reef swims?

When I watch coral reef nature documentaries, the lighting on the coral reef looks incredible. When I actually swim in Coral Reefs (eg Far North Queensland), what is see is generally green or dark ...
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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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What “start up” telephoto lenses do you recommend for Canon for wildlife photography?

I'm sort of a "weekend" photographer who likes to take photos of landscapes/cityscapes and nature/wildlife. At the moment I'm using Tamron AF 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Macro that ...
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Is the Nikon 300mm f/4 a good lens for Nikon D7000 for shooting sports & wildlife?

I am looking for a good Nikon lens for my D7000 to shoot both sports & wildlife. I want to get really sharp images. I've been working with the 18-200mm & really disappointed by some of the ...
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How do you take pictures of creatures which may move away when you get close to them?

How do macro pros shoot animals, even flies or dragonflies since they can fly away forever at any moment? I sometimes suspect they have some trick to stun or immobilize them. Just as an example look ...
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How to shoot whales?

I'm going whale watching with a Pentax K5, I'm thinking of using a Pentax 60-250mm f/4 ED DA* SDM lens only as I don't want to change lenses while out at sea. Do you have any suggestions for 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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What mm lens for distance shots?

If I am looking to take landscape and wildlife shots and some of those shots being from a decent distance what mm lens would I need? I am not sure what else I should be adding here, I am just looking ...
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Canon extender 2x III with 70-200mm F4L vs 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L for wildlife shooting

Photography.SE, hello there, this is my first question, hence please pardon my inexperience of phrasing the question. I am about to go to Yosemite and Yellowstone for 3 weeks next month, and ...
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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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How can an amateur wildlife photographer get good photos of urban foxes?

I live in an area that has a lot of urban foxes and I've been wondering for a while if I could get some interesting photos of them. A web search turned up this article and wonderful pictures, but ...
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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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Nikon D3300 - Trouble Focusing on Birds both Stationary & Moving

I would like to know how to correct for the problem of capturing moving (or even stationary) birds amid foliage. Too often I end up with a blur even when I use a fast shutter under bright sunlight. ...
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What 300mm lens to get for my Nikon camera for wildlife photography in a national park?

I'm shopping for a 300mm lens for my Nikon D60. Which lens do you suggest? I want to use it mostly to capture images of animals in the Kruger National Park?
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Should I prefer versatility or a longer focal length for wildlife photography?

I'm having a hard time deciding which lens I should add to my bag. I currently have the 600D + 18-135 kit lens. I wanted to get a telephoto for my next lens, and I have two options to choose from for ...
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Can knowledge and preparation offset the need for longer lenses in wildlife photography?

One of the biggest barriers to wildlife photography as I see it is the requirement for fast, long expensive lenses. I have in the past used a teleconverter to get my 300mm lens up to 600mm but even ...
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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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Is it a good idea to use adapted tele lenses with a micro four thirds camera for fast moving (nature/wildlife) photos?

I am thinking of buying an affordable tele lens (600mm+ equivalent) for my panasonic Lumix G5. I have read about adapting 400mm f5.6 EDIF a) For wildlife/bird pictures, would it be too much of ...
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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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Sigma 150-500 for wildlife?

I will be spending next summer up in Alaska and want to get some wildlife shooting in. I would like to start planning now for what lens to save up for. I have been looking at the Sigma 150-500. It ...
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Recommended wildlife photography lenses for Nikon DX bodies with no AF motor

I have some SLR experience but have mostly been using a point-and-shoot in the last few years. Now I would like to jump back into the digital SLR world specifically to do wildlife photography (mostly ...
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Are there any pro wildlife photographers using the Pentax DA* 300mm?

Are there any pro wildlife photographers using the Pentax DA★ 300mm? I have spent a week searching for anyone who is using Pentax kit in wildlife photography and who is getting paid for their work.
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How can I get to 400mm+ for wildlife photography on a budget of around £1000 with a Canon DSLR?

I am asking a question that might have been asked many times in the past. However, I like to hear some advice for my situation so. Basically I am looking to invest some money on my photography for ...
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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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Should I get a teleconverter or 150-500mm lens?

I am planning a wildlife trip. I want to be able to take photos of far away objects and still have all the detail. I currently have a Canon 650D and my longest lens is 70-300mm. I am busy saving for ...
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What are good starter outdoor cameras? [duplicate]

My husband writes for an outdoor magazine and we go backpacking/canoeing/kayaking/etc a lot for his stories. I would love to learn real photography (and maybe one day take pictures to go along with ...
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What camera is very similar to the Canon G11/G12, but with greater optical zoom and shooting speed?

I will be taking wildlife and scenery photos demanding a much greater zoom than the 5X that the canon G11/G12 has. The rest of the features (except the shooting speed) are very nice as is the price ...
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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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Are there any Teleconverters/Extenders which will work with a Canon Rebel EOS T3 and 55-250mm f/4-5.6 lens?

Are there any Teleconverters or Extenders that will work on the Rebel EOS T3, I am currently using an EFS 55-250MM 1:4-5.6 IS II lens in an area where there is a variety of interesting wildlife that I ...
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What should I look for in lenses for long range and close up animal and natural shots?

I am looking at trying to buy a long range lens for shooting animals and nature. I'm kinda new to photography and am not sure which brand or size I should be looking for. What features are important ...
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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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How do you capture wildlife at night in near pitch black darkness?

I've seen many documentaries filming in pretty much pitch black darkness using some sort of night vision camera (which I haven't been able to find / search for on google). How do you do this for ...