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The Manual: How to Shoot Wildlife Photography

Find and frame animals perfectly with this wildlife photography primer.
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Conceal Yourself

  • Wear natural colors that blend in with the surroundings: green and brown in spring and summer, beige and tan in fall.
  • Avoid items that rustle when you move and anything shiny (including glasses).
  • Hide behind natural blinds, such as boulders, trees, and bushes. And don’t ignore opportunities on the way to the trailhead. In wildlife havens like Yellowstone, you’re likely to glimpse all-star animals right from the park road. Cars make very effective blinds: Pull completely off of the road ahead of the animal’s direction of travel. Open your window partway and place a jacket or shirt between the camera and glass for cushioning.
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