Wildlife Photography

Most people that know me are fully aware of how much I love wildlife photography. It was what got me into photography back when I was 6 years old and to this day I spend as much time as I can, taking pictures of animals. My family vacation time is also secretly planned around what type of new animals I might be able to encounter.

While Nevada has a huge amount to offer from a landscape point of view, it does lack a little bit compared to some of the more northern states. But this has never held me back and I certainly love a great challenge. Whether insects, reptiles or birds, there is so much on offer once you know exactly where to look.

Is It For You?

wildlife1For a lot of photographers it really is just a passion as it is very difficult to make a living out of it. If you are starting out a career asa photographer I would not recommend diving into wildlife. Maybe landscape, as those images are more commonly sellable as prints or stock photography.

You would really need to have a good connection to some sort of nature and wild life magazine who would commission you for certain types of images. But another problem is the often very high costs of equipment.

High Costs

For the majority of animals you will need some pretty powerful zoom lenses upwards of 400mm focal length, combined with large Apertures. Lenses like that start at $8,000 and there is almost no limit.

What I have often done is either borrow from a friend or else hire pne from a photography equipment leasing company. This is mainly to satisfy my person passion, but that may be a way to keep costs down.

Time

The other thing you will need is a lot of time. With landscape photography you have a good idea before an assignment what you want to achieve. You can scout an area and then wait for the golden hour to get those perfect pictures. Before I had young kids I would often spend entire weekends out in the wild with camping gear and all.

It was great fun, but even after a whole weekend I often had less than a handful of great wildlife shots. Plenty of landscape ones though!

Preparation

No matter what the assignment a photographer always has to prepare. The same goes for wildlife and here in Nevada it is also important from a safety point of view as there are some venomous insects and reptiles. As a kid I always loved reading about local species of animals and my grandfather would come out into the desert with me to find them.

Having that knowledge has served me very well and I have never found myself in a situation where I was in danger, nor have I ever been bitten or stung by anything worse than a mosquito or wasp.

My recommendation to anyone starting out is to do some wildlife photography to get your mind off the projects that pay the bills, but do not expect to make money from those hobby images. Start with family and wedding photography and use the money you earn to serve your real passions.

Photography School

Photography School: Discovering How you can Pick The Correct One

There are many people who want to make photography their profession. Many individuals find it appealing to participate in a life of taking pictures. This endeavor entails a great photography education.

Just like any other type of institution, the appropriate option of a photography institution which will certainly meet the demands of the pupils is vital for a great education and learning. This short article attempts to set some ideas on just how you can select a good photography college. Listed here are the tips:

The Big Picture

In choosing a digital photography school, you need to be able to look from afar to able to see the bigger picture. The choice of a digital photography college has to be made present of your general career goals. There are a number of tracks which could be taken in the field of digital photography.

If you mean to be associated with the much more creative side of photography, you need to focus on more topics which will aid you in this objective. If you are much more likely towards the office side of digital photography, you can select an institution which offers great business courses in addition the digital photography classes.

Digital photography is more than point-and-shoot

Some individuals may intend to occupy digital photography simply to get away from the “tough” subjects, particularly those which entail math. Guess what? These are subjects that a photographer will require to endure in the real world. Because a lot of digital photographers would ultimately own their very own studios, training courses in business administration, accounting, advertising and marketing and also various other such programs are essential and should be taken by photography pupils.

Ask about the size of the class

Too many people in digital photography courses could actually be a limitation towards proper learning. It will additionally prohibit the coach in providing hands-on guidance on the students.

Computer abilities

An excellent photography college has to have programs regarding making use of computer systems. The area of photography is a quite affordable one and also you could actually use some knowledge of computer systems. With the arrival of digital photography, the need for computer system literacy is a lot more evident than ever before.

Scholarships

It would be very good if the digital photography college is providing some sort of economic assistance for their students. Several of the tools in photography are not that low-cost so be prepared for a bit of investment.

These are simply some pointers on ways to choose a digital photography institution. Selecting the appropriate school is as important as having a good view of where you want to go. The ideal school is the one that best helps you to get where you want to be.

What Is In My Camera Bag?

The simple answer is that it entirely depends on the assignment or project that I am working. But it all comes down to the planning. Some days I know that I will need a lot of lenses and a heavy tripod. Other days I have gone out with just one camera body and a wide angle lens to give me the freedom of not carrying around a big backpack. Essentially I do like going back to my early days as a kid when I had a simple little film camera in my pocket.

Anyway, on some of my most complex assignments to places where I can get by car I will actually bring two bags. One will contain lenses and filters and other small items. The other will contain my main Nikon D4, a Nikon D800 and on some occasions my Hassleblad. Keeping the lenses and bodies separate just makes it a bit easier to organize.

Hassleblad

vintagecamDue to the cost of the Hassleblad it really only comes along when I know that I can take shots without major hiking or other risk to damage. Also, many projects do not require 60 MP resolutions, so it simply would be overkill. But when I know I want to get images for poster and advertising size images, then there really is no way around it. It further complicates things as well with the lenses as the connector is very different to the Nikon cameras.

The important thing is though that you should never head out as a professional with just one camera body. As a student I could only afford one, I remember doing a weekend trip for a college assignment. The first day went great, but then I managed to damage the shutter release button and wasted an entire day trying to find someone that could fix it. If I had been paid for the assignment the customer would certainly not have been happy. Even if it is only a relatively cheap entry level DSLR, this is better than no photos at all.

 

 

Other Stuff

The next important thing for me is the tripod. I have three in total and they mainly differ in their weight and sturdiness. If I know I am going to have to do a lot of walking and carrying to get to my location, then I have to opt for a lighter model. If I know I will be in a very windy location, then the heavy one is packed. If I head somewhere by car that requires no carrying, then all three get packed.

The bags themselves are also important and you should definitely not under budget for this. I invested a lot of money from the start and I now have several bags to keep all my stuff safe. This is especially important if you have to fly to a location, as airport security is not exactly known for being gentle with equipment. Packing wisely in these situations is very important, and I would suggest to never bring everything. Imagine bags getting lost or stolen and then having nothing at home or in the studio to fall back on.