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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


Shoot Like a Pro
Zoom Point-and-shoot: Choose a camera with an optical, not digital, zoom of at least 10X for crisp close-ups. Digital SLR: It's not just about the focal length (but 80-400mm is a good bet). Also look for a lens with the largest aperture (lowest f/stop) you can afford. This lets you shoot at faster speeds in dim light.

Tripod Use the six- to 10-inch-long, flexible Gorillapod ($20-$50) to steady your camera on logs, trees, and rocks. Or try an adjustable trekking pole with a built-in camera support (such as Trek-Tech's TrekPod Go! PRO; $230) for quick stability on the go.

Lighting Get the perfect shot by taking the same photo with several different ISOs (a measure of the camera's light sensitivity). In dim light, try 400 to 800. Dial back to 100 to 200 in bright light.

Movement Pan your camera with the subject. Adjust shutter speed (1/30 to blur the surroundings and capture a sense of motion, 1/500 and up to stop the action), track the animal as it approaches, press the shutter gently, and continue panning for a few seconds after the shot.



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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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