Wildlife Photography: How To Get Close
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Wildlife Photography: How To Get Close

Unwilling subjects, random chances, remote locations – overcome these obstacles to shoot pro-quality wildlife photos.
4.4 (7 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
51 students enrolled
Created by Mike Blair
Last updated 5/2013
Price: $25
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Photographer understands basic and necessary photo gear
  • Photographer gains understanding of wildlife sign, sense, habitats, and behaviors
  • Photographer learns how to set up for best photos (blinds, hides etc)
  • photographer learns techniques for getting close (game calling, food and water, trail cameras etc)
  • Photographer learns resources to aid knowledge of wildlife
  • Objective: photographer takes great wildlife photos!
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  • Basic camera and photo knowledge is assumed
  • SLR, DSLR, or video camera recommended; 200mm telephoto or longer preferred

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!

Who is the target audience?
  • Wildlife and nature photographers, videographers, bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts
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Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
Introduction and Overview
2 Lectures 11:49
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.
Preview 11:49

This organizational chart maps the course and helps find desired content.
Course Outline and Overview
5 pages
Basics to Wildlife Photography
5 Lectures 54:17
Gear must be considered for the special needs of wildlife photography. Get the basics in this class.
Class 1: Basic Gear – Cameras and Lenses

Think you don't need a tripod? Think again. This class shows why a sturdy camera support is important in wildlife photography.
Class 2: Support Gear and Special Tools

Knowing where to find animals is the starting point for wildlife photography. This class shows what to look for.
Class 3: Homing In on Wildlife

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.
Class 4: Animal Senses

Filming opportunities are best when wildlife is on the move. Here's how to predict when that happens.
Class 5: Animal Movement and Sign
Field Tips and Techniques for Wildlife Photography
6 Lectures 01:00:49
Blinds are essential for wildlife photography. Learn in this class how to build and use them.
Class 6: Blinds and Their Use

Bring wild animals where you want them. Using bait can up your odds for taking good wildlife photos.
Class 7: Baiting Wildlife for Film

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.
Class 8: Game Calling

Decoys aren't essential, but they are great reinforcements to game calling. Find out why in this class.
Class 9: Decoys

Some wildlife species form large groups and live together in communal situations. These make great places to film wildlife. See examples in this class.
Class 10: Wildlife Communities

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.
Class 11: Trail and Specialty Cameras
Conclusion and Final Tips
1 Lecture 03:32
One last tip is included in this Conclusion and Summary: Look for photogenic situations where wildlife may appear, and then be persistent.
Class 12: Conclusion
About the Instructor
Mike Blair
4.4 Average rating
7 Reviews
51 Students
1 Course

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.