Thursday, 7 October 2010

Capturing Wild Lives...


Wildlife photography is one of the most competitive careers to get into. Having the talent to take wildlife pictures is what people look for these days, but they worry as most photographers cheat to get the perfect image and it spoils it for the good wildlife photographers. Images are sold on royalty free.

A Wildlife photographer Nigel Dennis said:

"It is very difficult and certainly getting harder year by year. All the better stock agencies are flooded with wildlife images, and many of the ever increasing number of photographers are selling their pictures direct to publishers as well. It certainly is tough out there! Just being able to take a good picture is not enough – a lot of determination and a strong business sense are equally important if you are going to make it. However I believe that it is essential that young creative talent does enter the profession. Without new input and ideas the entire genre of wildlife photography could easily stagnate into a constant repetition of the old tried and trusted techniques"

Despite it being hard to become a wildlife photgrapher, there are actually no real skills needed. Basically getting out there and experiementing with your camera seems to be the best way to experience different aspects of wildlife. Entering competitions can be another way top get your work out into the public eye.

Having the right equipment to take your pictures is essential. You need to have access to a wide range of cameras and equipment. Making use of very long lenses to shoot images from a great distance should be considered. Because working in the field, you need additional tools to keep your cameras and lenses protected from the elements and to clean or repair any damage quickly. At the same time, a wildlife photographer's camera kit needs to be light enough to carry into the field, sometimes on foot.

Being aware of your environment is also a key aspect of doing any photography. With wildlife photography, it can be a risky depending on what animals or environments you are working with. So having a good working knowledge of outdoor survival and tracking skills is essential. Since wildlife photographers may spend many days in the field, they need to be proficient at managing environmental issues like intense heat or cold, lack of available food and dangerous plants and animals.

It also good to have a portfolio of your work!

The average yearly salary for a wildlife photographer is $15,000 to $48,000 per year. Highly experienced and extremely talented photographers can earn up to £100,000 a year but that is rare. Average is about £50,000 if you can offer something few others can; however it is a competitve career as said before.

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