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Backpacker Magazine – October 2009

The Manual: How to Shoot Wildlife Photography

Find and frame animals perfectly with this wildlife photography primer.

by: Becky Lomax and Kenneth Wyatt


Animal
Where
Tip
Bighorn sheep
High, steep slopes. Hotspot: Rocky Mountain NP, CO
Frame bighorns with side or backlighting to make them pop against alpine terrain.
Moose
Marshy bogs and meadows. Hotspot: Isle Royale NP, MI
Shoot from a kayak: The low angle makes moose look more dramatic, and you'll likely get closer than on land.
Bald eagles
Ocean, lake, and river shores. Hotspot: Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, AK
Use an easy-to-hold telephoto lens, increase shutter speed to at least 1/500, and track the eagle as it dives for fish.
Bears
Berry patches, salmon streams, and meadows. Hotspots: Yosemite NP, CA (black); Glacier NP, MT (griz)
Underexpose the shot to capture a dark bear without blowing out the background. Shoot twice (at -1/3 and at -2/3) to ensure you get the right exposure.


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Shoot them with your camera first so you can see them later, then shoot then with your gun so you can taste them later!

Photoguy
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Whoever this guy is must not be able to read. They are NOT shooting wildlife, that would be ridiculous. What they are referring tois something called a camera. It takes pictures of something so you can look at them later, and does not harm to the animal whatsoever. They are a little knew and complicated, I know, but I'm sure you can figure it out!

Rob & Tracey
Jan 13, 2010

Come on! We're really grateful for the information on shooting up wildlife. These are some of the best practices while out on the trail. We're backpackers, of course we're nuts (I like macadamia nuts)! Seriousness aside, we love the tips on shutter speed and exposure.

Shooting!
Nov 18, 2009

Come on! How can you be proud of this magazine posting this kind of issues... shooting wildlife??? Is it true? Do you promote this practices while using the name of backpackers. You are totally nuts. The spirit of backpacking is respecting the life, while traveling. Thats why we use our legs to.

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