Professional wildlife photography is a very attractive field. It is a dream job for so many people. People who are in love with nature and its creations enjoy wildlife photography. But, just like every other art field, this field is also very demanding and becoming a wildlife photographer is not an easy task.
People think that traveling the whole world, spending time with nature, and just capturing beautiful pictures is wildlife photography and it is very easy but in reality, it is a very difficult job that demands hard work, time and energy.
If you know a wildlife photographer who takes amazing photographs, don’t think that he achieved that success overnight. If you want to learn how to become a wildlife photographer, then you should also keep in mind that success is the result of many years of hard work.
How to Become a Wildlife Photographer
To become a wildlife photographer, there are many things that you’ll have to learn. You’ll have to learn many techniques and skills and you will face many challenges as well. In this blog post, I tried to highlight some of the important points that you should keep in mind to become a wildlife photographer. Continue reading:
There are certain attributes that a wildlife photographer must have. If you want to be a wildlife photographer then, you should have good camera skills. Nevertheless, it is highly recommended that if you are familiar with animals’ nature along with photography techniques then you are going in a right direction and you can get perfect wildlife photos.
Safety should be your priority
Wildlife photography is not as simple as it sounds. You will need to be patient and you should be careful about your safety because animals might become aggressive sometimes. In case they attack you, then you should also be prepared and safe.
Always keep in mind that your safety should be your first priority. You can’t take a good photograph without safety measures because your mind will be more focused on danger instead of photography.
You should be mentally and Physically Fit
Wildlife photographers have to spend a lot of their time in wild. You need to be mentally and physically healthy so that you can survive in harsh conditions. To take a perfect shot, you might have to spend time in deserts, jungles, extremely hot and cold places, etc.
Therefore, it is very important for a wildlife photographer that he or she should be fit both physically and mentally.
A certificate or a diploma is not the only thing that can make you a wildlife photographer. Though, education is necessary but practical work is more important. You will have to work very hard. I would recommend you to join photography classes so that you can learn the new techniques and skills related to wildlife photography.
Apart from taking photography classes, you should also attend different conferences related to wildlife photography. There are many photography schools that organize conferences and they invite famous photographers to share their experiences with you.
Marketing is very important
In the beginning of your career, you will face many different challenges, but never give up. You will have to market yourself and your art so that people get to know you. Visit photo exhibitions and art galleries and present your photos regularly to your local library.
This will help you to build relationships with other photographers and you will get a lot of opportunities to learn and enhance your knowledge.
Apart from this, I would also recommend that you should visit different wildlife photography websites and upload your photos regularly. Also, try to be active on social media and start your own blog. Having a social media presence is very important these days.
Keep a portfolio of wildlife photographs so that you can show it to people. Try to take photographs of animals around you, go to wildlife parks and take the best pictures of animals like lions playing with their babies, monkey climbing on a tree, etc.
Get in touch with print media and electronic media (magazines, newspapers, TV) with the information of your service and links to your albums and collection. You can make your profile strong by participating in the competitions organized by wildlife magazines or nature channels.
In this blog post, I tried to highlight some of the important steps that are required if you want to become a wildlife photographer. I hope that you’ll find these tips useful and they will facilitate you to become a good and wildlife photographer.
Watch this Interview with Wildlife Photographer Mr. Nayan Khanolkar: