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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


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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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
Dec 14, 2010

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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