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Wildlife photography is among filming's greatest challenges. At its best, it occurs in wild places and conditions, deals with shy subjects, offers no possibility for shooter-subject communication or direction, and seldom allows "scheduling" for best conditions. Even so, it's not simply random; proper knowledge helps you achieve consistent success in this highly-rewarding pursuit.
This course shows both still photographers and videographers how to get close to living, wild subjects in their natural habitats. The author's 35 years of professional wildlife photography experience are broken into simple and inexpensive ways to help you jump-start your own exciting portfolio. You'll learn to find wildlife "hotspots"; how to build and use natural or portable blinds; how to use animals' senses and behaviors to photographic advantage; game calling techniques; and how to use animal migrations and life cycles for better pictures. You'll learn tricks that produce immediate and stunning results.
This is not a camera class, though equipment considerations are discussed as needed. This class is unique in providing real tips for engaging the natural world on its own terms. You'll quickly discover that such knowledge is far more valuable than owning expensive gear. In fact, using this information may allow surprisingly good imagery with even point-and-shoot cameras.
Whether your interest is making money through publication, sharing through programs, or simply to satisfy your favorite hobby, this wildlife course pays for itself many times over. Take it and make your own great wildlife pictures!
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|Section 1: Introduction and Overview|
Wildlife Photography differs from all other forms of capturing images. It is challenging, rewarding, and leads to a lifetime of learning about the natural world. This course teaches what isn't widely published – how to get close to wild subjects.
|Lecture 2||5 pages|
|This organizational chart maps the course and helps find desired content.|
|Section 2: Basics to Wildlife Photography|
|Gear must be considered for the special needs of wildlife photography. Get the basics in this class.|
|Think you don't need a tripod? Think again. This class shows why a sturdy camera support is important in wildlife photography.|
|Knowing where to find animals is the starting point for wildlife photography. This class shows what to look for.|
|Animals have amazing abilities to detect danger. Don't let their senses prevent you from getting close. This class tells what you need to know.|
|Filming opportunities are best when wildlife is on the move. Here's how to predict when that happens.|
|Section 3: Field Tips and Techniques for Wildlife Photography|
Blinds are essential for wildlife photography. Learn in this class how to build and use them.
Bring wild animals where you want them. Using bait can up your odds for taking good wildlife photos.
Game calling can be a major part of wildlife photography, sometimes producing photos when nothing else works. Even inactive animals may spring into action when they hear a call. Learn important field tips here.
|Decoys aren't essential, but they are great reinforcements to game calling. Find out why in this class.|
|Some wildlife species form large groups and live together in communal situations. These make great places to film wildlife. See examples in this class.|
|Learn in this class about trail cameras for scouting and 24/7 filming opportunities. Special tips for producing publishable photos are noted. Also discussed is the amazing new GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition for special effects wildlife photography.|
|Section 4: Conclusion and Final Tips|
|One last tip is included in this Conclusion and Summary: Look for photogenic situations where wildlife may appear, and then be persistent.|
Mike Blair has spent a lifetime studying and filming wildlife. With degrees from University of Missouri-Columbia and years of field experience in forest management and entomology, his freelance wildlife writing and photography eventually led to a full-time photography masthead position with Kansas Wildlife Magazine. Twenty years later, Blair switched to video, where he developed, shot, and produced a daily web program called Kansas Outdoors Today. His career freelance wildlife photo credits approach about 100 American magazine titles, along with numerous books, calendars, and cards. Blair has won numerous national photo and writing awards among his professional peers through Outdoor Writers of America (OWAA) and other competitions. He is currently involved with content production for Kansas Public Television.
He is a book author, past syndicated newspaper outdoor writer, past associate magazine editor, and current wannabe country music writer. He's conducted many public photo seminars and programs highlighting his work. Recently retired, Blair continues to film wildlife from his home in Pratt, KS. He is married with two grown children.