Using a Trail Camera to Research Wildlife Photography Locations

Above: A lynx captured at night with my first trail camera, in the Yukon Wildlife photography can be a waiting game, but one trick that you can use to elevate your odds is researching your locations using relatively low cost trail cameras. A trail camera is a small, remotely triggered camera that can either be set to take photos or video when it senses movement. All modern trail cameras also have the ability to use infra red lights at nighttime, and many of them get far better results than you might be expecting for something that only costs between $100 …

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Get Some Waders and Get Down Low!

When it comes to wildlife photography, one of the easiest things you can do to improve your images is to get down nice and low so that you’re at eye level with your subject. This has two main effects on the image: It makes the viewer feel as though they are part of the animal’s world, instead of just looking in on it as you would do at a zoo exhibit. It usually moves the background much further away from the subject, and this has the effect of blurring it out, thereby isolating your sharply focussed subject on the soft …

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REVIEW: Better Beamer Flash Extender

Sometimes it’s necessary to use a flash for wildlife photography just to add a little fill, or add a catchlight to the eye of your subject. The problem is that most hot shoe flashes simply don’t have the necessary range and power to adequately light up a subject that is as far away as wildlife often is. The Better Beamer Flash Extender is a solution to this problem! Priced at only $35 from Amazon and B&H, it uses a simple plastic frame that attaches to your flash, and a thin plastic fresnel lens that sticks to the end of it using …

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What Is the Best Photography Bean Bag Fill?

I wanted to write this post because I wish it’s something I’d have read myself a few years ago when I started getting into wildlife photography. The answer to the question “What is the best photography beanbag fill?” seems obvious to me now with experience, but for a while I was getting it all wrong! What is a photography beanbag for? I’m sure there will be a few people who are unfamiliar with the usage of a beanbag in photography, so let’s start with a brief overview. Beanbags take two main forms: The first is a U-shaped bag that sits …

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Sometimes You Need To Go To The Moon

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win John F Kennedy I’ve always loved this quote and it came to mind again while I was looking through some recent photos from a trip to Europe. I …

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Luke Massey

Luke Massey Talks About His Wildlife Photography

Luke Massey is a young British wildlife photographer who shares some of his bird photography in this short video.  He was recently selected as one of 2020Vision’s young champions. The 2020 Vision team carry out assignments that aim to communicate the connection between habitat restoration and our own well being.  It’s a great little video that shows some wonderful British wildlife and Luke makes the important point that with wildlife photography success comes not just from patience but also knowing your subject inside and out.  Knowing their routines, their habitats and their behaviour.