If you’re interested in wildlife photography, there are several things that you need to consider before you go out. Use the tips below to get you on the right path. Before you go out on your wildlife photography expedition, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I need permission or a special permit? Many times, special permits are required to access areas of some national or state parks. This is especially true if the area is considered backcountry environments.
- Where can you park your vehicle? This is a very important factor to know the answer to. You park in an area that is unauthorized, you will likely have a large fine waiting for you or have your vehicle towed. That never makes for a fun day of photography.
- Does the area have any restraints on time? Most parks and natural areas have their own hours of operation. If you’re going to the park to shoot a great sunset, you may find that it is not accessible until after sunrise. Remember, too, that most wildlife tends to be active early in the mornings and late in the evenings.
- What kind of weather should you expect? You should always know what weather to expect before you go on a photo shoot. Keep tabs on the weather throughout the day whenever possible. Never in danger yourself, your camera, or other equipment by going out in bad weather you are not prepared for.
- What time does the sun rise and set? It is imperative to know the answer to this question if you desire to capture a sunrise or sunset. This information also helps you to schedule your shoot so you can reach your location and time and have everything set up.
- What structures, landmarks, and animals are typically photographed in the area? Look online to get ideas of what typically photographed in the area you are visiting. Talk with a park ranger about spots that are less known that you can venture to. That way, you’re not left shooting a scene that has been shot the same way again and again already. This helps your work to be created and set apart from others.
Once you have answered these questions, you are ready to pack up your gear and get ready to go on your wildlife photography adventure. Never go out into the wilderness until you are fully prepared and have let someone else know where you will be at all times.