How to Prepare for Wildlife or Landscape Photography Sessions

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Landscape photography is a fun and rewarding hobby. If you have an interest in the outdoors and a love of photography, this might just be the hobby or eventually the profession for you. Before you grab your camera and set off to capture some amazing wildlife or nature images, you need to prepare yourself for anything you face.

PLANNING THE TRIP

Even if you have a few photography courses under your belt, you need to take the time to plan your trip. The direction of light, weather conditions and even the topography of the land can seriously impact your photos. If you use the TPE app for Android or iPhone this information can be accessible to you at any time.

FORECASTING THE WEATHER

Choose the gear you take accordingly to the most recent weather forecast and patterns for the destination you’re heading to. A cloudy and overcast sky can lead to dark photos while a strong day light might leave your images looking washed out. Remember to take and use the right filters to compensate for the undesired conditions! Checking out the weather is especially important when you’re interested in wildlife photography. Certain animals will only appear when the sun is out.

WEARING THE RIGHT CLOTHES

Wearing the right clothing is just as important as anything else you do. Long pants are a must if you find yourself going away from the common trails or if you often work in the woods. Tucking your pants into your socks can keep ticks and other bugs from reaching your body. You also need a good pair of hiking boots, sunglasses or a hat to keep you protected from the sun.

STAYING IN SHAPE

When you take photography courses, you don’t often learn the importance of physical fitness. Staying in good shape can help you scale down the side of a mountain, hike miles in the rain or go to other great lengths to capture images for your wildlife photography classes.

WATCHING OUT FOR DANGERS

As someone who enjoys nature and especially wildlife photography, you need to remain on high alert and watch for any signs of danger. Depending on where you capture your images, you might stumble across a cougar, a bear or a rattlesnake. Learning how to avoid these dangers can help you stay safe.

Landscape photography often puts you in the woods, on mountains and in other nature settings. Thoughtful preparation, awareness of dangerous animals and the right clothes can help you get the shots you want.

About Peter Manning

Photography instructor, camera guru, avid tennis player and family man; Peter shares his vast knowledge and a passion for teaching photography skills to all levels of photo enthusiasts.