Photography is a wonderful way to capture the beauty of the world around us for others to enjoy and to keep the memories of our time spent in special places with those we love. While there are many types of photography ranging from portraiture to landscape, one of the most popular styles these days is wildlife photography. Viewing photos from all over the world allows us to see creatures and habitats that we might never see in person. Photos taken in our backyards is a great way to share our own world with others.
Getting started with this great pastime may seem daunting but it really isn’t. Wildlife photography can be challenging but it can also be as simple as sitting near a bird feeder with an inexpensive digital camera. I would like to share with you some helpful hints on beginning and improving your photography skills. The emphasis will be on shooting wildlife photos but the information will be just as useful in other types of photography.
Let’s begin by looking at the equipment you will need. First and foremost is a camera. Obviously, there are thousands of different cameras to choose from so where does one begin? A little homework that entails looking at photos that you like will help out immensely. I choose my favorite camera by seeing the results that others are getting with that particular camera. By determining what you can afford, you will eliminate a number of choices. By deciding what kind of photos you want to shoot, such as close up shots of insects and flowers apposed to to large flocks of migrating water fowl, you will refine your choices in the equipment you will need.
Many cameras and lenses offer capabilities that allow you the flexibility to do a wide variety of photo styles. Starting out with an inexpensive camera doesn’t mean you won’t take great photos. My best advice would be to buy the best that you can afford. Most camera manufacturers produce a wide selection of cameras that vary in price. That variation is usually based on the quality of materials that they used to create the camera or lens. The quality of the materials will influence your ability to get better photographs. Many websites will display photos with the camera information so the viewer can compare the photos taken by different cameras.
Get started today by comparing the various cameras and thinking about what photos you would like to take. The growing world of photography is always looking for more photographers!
Chuck will be writing a couple more posts in the coming weeks on getting started in photography so remember to subscribe to our website posts and follow us on Facebook.
We’d like to thank Chuck Rondeau for being a guest writer on our blog to help promote our ongoing 2017 Calendar Photography Contest found HERE. Chuck Rondeau is an accomplished wildlife photographer and painter residing in Port Angeles. You can find his work on Facebook at Chuck Rondeau Wildlife Art.