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  • Writer's pictureJeffrey Patrick Karnes

Advice on what you will need for Wildlife Photography

Updated: Jan 13, 2022

Just a few of the essentials you will need for wildlife photography.




When you travel naturally, you will want to capture those special moments. So you might be wondering what do I need for wildlife photography. Aside from wildlife photography, there is a mix of various genres, including landscape, street, portrait, environmental portrait. You'll be able to take landscape pictures of the places you visit, photographs of the individuals you meet, and maybe even of the buildings, you see.


What do I need for wildlife photography? 1. Binoculars Wildlife photography is exciting, and you can spend hours scanning the horizon for your subjects. Using binoculars to spot wildlife is much easier than using your camera. A good pair of binoculars or a monocular is an excellent idea.


2. Headlamp The majority of photography opportunities are early in the morning or late in the evening. The light is usually much less harsh. You will be spending some time in dim light so having a headlamp is essential.


3. Camera Lenses I recommend a minimum focal length of 400mm for wildlife, but you will need the subject to be very close to fill the entire frame, even at this range. My favorite lens is my 600mm, and it does the job well. for landscape, you'll want a lens with a relatively long minimum focal distance, a separate hood, and a built-in filter thread. A wide, maximum angle of view will ensure you can still fit a vast landscape area into the image frame without too much distortion. The Nikon AF-S 16-35mm f/4G ED VR does a great job of this. Also, having a Teleconverter is a great idea. If your lens is not quite getting you as close as you would like it's your cheapest easiest way to get the shot.


4. Bean Bag Bean bags are wonderful and support your camera and lens combination when you need them. They are the answer to all your quick lens support needs

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5. Tripod Hand-holding longer lenses can work for birds on the wing, but it can be pretty exhausting. Having a sturdy tripod will make your life so much easier. Photographing early in the morning or late in the evening will be pretty much so impossible, so be sure to bring the best one you've got.


6. Gimbal A gimbal will permit you to pan and tilt in any direction with nearly zero effort. For wildlife photography with any lens of 400mm, it will be essential.


7. Camera Bag For Long Lenses You'll need a pretty rugged camera bag to hold your gear in, and it will need to accommodate relatively long lenses. Remember this bag will need to be your carry-on for your flight, so make sure you stay within the allowed size and weight.

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