4th May, 2010 - Posted by admin - No Comments
They say every picture tells a story, but sometimes it’s the story behind the picture that is just as captivating. After recently watching the Discovery Channel Series “Life”, I have a newfound respect for wildlife photographers.
We all appreciate the wonders of life as we attempt to savor it for our personal appreciation; however, our grab shots are nothing compared to bona fide wildlife photographers. They aren’t wandering around zoos photographing incarcerated critters; they are out there trekking for weeks, lugging hefty equipment to the most remote locations, all in an effort to capture the glory of Mother Nature.
Wildlife photographers, much like the animals they photograph, evolve and adapt to their environment. Beyond physically acclimating to their various ecosystems, photographers refine their own survival skills such as…
Patience is a virtue in this business as some photographers can wait for weeks, if not months, for everything to fall into place.
Ingenuity is another prerequisite for this career because the luxuries of a cushy studio are not an option.
Flexibility is yet another necessary talent as they literally “bend over backwards” to get the perfect shot.
Globetrotting for months at a time, these real life explorers live in solitude, completely escaping reality and become a part of their habitat. But before you run out and purchase some trail mix and tickets to Africa, consider making these simple modifications when photographing within the animal kingdom. Shoot with a shallow depth of field or crop tightly to avoid fences, cages or other manmade framework. These structures are surefire giveaways that you paid an entrance fee for these shots. Also, be aware that some zoos and aquariums prohibit commercial photography – so check your ticket stub before clicking that shutter. Quality lighting is also essential when attempting to mimic natural habitats. Harsh lighting will only distract from the textures of fur, scales and feathers. Critters with character are tremendously lucrative. Who can’t relate to the loving bond between a mother and baby baboon or the curiosity of a young cub? Like a legitimate wildlife photographer, be patient and wait for everything to fall into place before clicking the shutter.
What’s your story behind the picture? We’d love to hear about your wildlife expeditions and how you accomplished your noteworthy shot.
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Stacey Goldberg, Creative Director of the microstock company Vivozoom (www.vivozoom.com)