5 Tips On Staying Safe When Shooting Wildlife Photography
Wildlife Photography
December 4, 2019

As a wildlife photographer, you'll get to learn a lot. About nature, and all the magical things that happen in nature. Different kinds of animals, their species and how they live their lives. There are infinite things to learn while you create some very pleasing and beautiful photographs in the wild. But while you do all of this, always make sure to be safe and keep the wildlife unhitched. 


Here Are Some Tips To Stay Safe In Wildlife Photography


1) Check The Weather Forecast:


Weather is as unpredictable and you can imagine. To plan a good wildlife trip, you should always check the weather beforehand. And don't keep any assumptions, as every place has a different weather condition. It also has a different intensity. Sometimes a little drizzle can turn into a crazy tornado. Or a comparatively hot day might hunt you down with heatwave. So to prepare accordingly is always a smart thing to do. Pack your requirements according to the water. Rain protection for your gears, if required. Or extra water, a cap, Good shoes, etc. 


2) Pack Important Surviving Tools:


Apart from your multiple filters, lenses, camera gears, etc. Make sure you carry basic important stuff. As wildlife photography is not just a photography project, it is, in fact, a full-fledged outdoor trip and your bag must be prepared to handle your needs. So get everything, water, road maps, compass, a knife, a tablet to purify water, lighter to ignite the flame, a light source, some easy energy food bars, charge your phone and make sure to have a good network.


3) Wear Comfortable Clothes:


Like I have me too above, wildlife photography is full of adventures and challenges, in itself. So trust me, you don't want your attire to hold you back from taking some amazing shots. Always wear comfortable clothes, a pair of loose track pants, or jeans, a cotton T-shirt, carry a jacket, to protect you from the harsh sun and even cold for that matter. Wear comfortable hiking shoes which won't hold you back. Make sure your feet feel good in them. Also, don't forget to carry a cap with you. These are just some tips, but the point is to feel light and comfortable. Don't be too jazzy, that might distract the wild animals. Best is to wear light camouflaging clothes.


4) Don't Intrude Into The Wild Animal's Space:


This is a rookie mistake to disturb the wild animals in their own territory. They are not very kind, and they absolutely hate anybody who tries to disturb them. Unlike your domestic animals back in the city. To get sharp photographs from a distance, you can use a long telephoto lens. Or the other option is to camouflage in the sure, by mating a hide, using a tent. Wildlife photography is your hobby, that doesn't mean you can underestimate the strength of the wild, or put your own life at risk for a few shots. 


5) Inform Somebody About Your Trip In Advance:


To prove this point best, I might have to ask you to watch the movie - 127 Hours, if you haven't already. When you move closer to nature, things aren't easily available to you. And if you get stuck, then survival gets very difficult. You won't even get a mobile network sometimes, so contacting people for help is out of the question. Hence, you should always inform somebody about your trip, your plan, and itinerary. So in case you're not back on time from your trip, or your mobile is unreachable, then somebody can reach you.




Safety should always be your priority, and like every photographer will every day, no shot is worth putting your life at risk.

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