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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

Get in Position
  • Approach animals slowly, from downwind. You don't want to startle them–you want them to get used to your presence. (Photographer Kennan Ward swears that turning his tripod upside down when approaching caribou makes him look like he has antlers.)
  • Observe the animal's direction of travel and move to where it will approach you.
  • Keep a safe distance. Yellowstone National Park recommends getting no closer than 25 yards (100 yards for bears). If the animal looks alarmed or retreats, you're too close.
  • Practice standard wildlife photography ethics. Don't chase an animal, make noises to get it to look at you, or interfere with its normal behavior or routine.

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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!

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.

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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