Wildlife Photography - Why They Do It?

Photography jumps to another level by the advancements in technology. There are different genres of photography, but of all genres, none is as adventurous as wildlife photography.

One of the most iconic persons for wildlife photography is the travel pro Mattias Klum. Watch this video from KAYAK UK to find out more about Mattias and his passion.

Who is Mattias Klum?

Mattias Klum was born in February, 10th 1968 to Arne Klum, a Swedish academic educator, and Ingegard Klum. With his lenses, Klum brings into life captured pictures of wild animals and plants for different people to see.

Wildlife Photography - Why They Do It?
Mattias Klum in action

For more than twenty years, Klum has worked as a full-time freelance photographer and as a cinematographer as well as a director on numerous films and television projects related to natural history and cultural subjects.

Klum has had his works featured in various platforms including the Swedish national television and the New York Times. He is published to 14 National Geographic covers so far, covering iconic wildlife images.

Why people chose wildlife photography?

Wildlife photography involves a lot of travelling and hours spent away from family and loved ones.

This calls for a deep spirit of adventure and passion for the wild to make one a wildlife photographer.

Because of the love of nature, there are spectacular moments in the wild that no one would like to forget. To keep memories of such occurrences, many people chose to be wildlife photographers to document such moments in form of photographs.

When one develops great love for nature, they will always find a way to pass a conservation message to the people and since no form of communication is as effective as pictures and videos, many turn out to be wildlife photographers.

What it takes to be a wildlife photographer?

Although not embraced by many people, wildlife photography is very important.

Wildlife photography is primarily concerned with bringing to record various forms of wildlife in their natural habitats. These can be birds, animals, fish, plants, etc.

Although it might look easy, wildlife photography requires a lot of work. Not all people who have a camera can make good wildlife photographers.

Wildlife Photography – Why They Do It?

As a wildlife photographer, one needs to have skills and knowledge of how different animals behave since some animals are very difficult to approach.

Quality photographs require the use of specialized equipment.

Equipment such as macro lenses for capturing insects and long focal length lenses for capturing birds are necessary for a successful wildlife photography session.

For aquatic photography, you need waterproof cameras and really good lenses.

Excellent wildlife photography significantly depends on the timing and positioning of the photographer. A photographer studies the behaviors of the targeted animal to anticipate the moments to be captured.

Wildlife photography involves a lot of traveling

Photographers are frequently required to travel to remote areas to capture a specific species adapted to particular environments. This requires sacrifice to social life.

Traveling to new places is always a challenge especially in areas where language is a barrier. Besides, the cost of traveling to various parts of the world as well as acquiring the required gear is very high.

For instance, a photographer from the United States may have to travel to Africa to cover a particular species. The transports, as well as accommodation costs, are extremely high, this, therefore, requires sacrifice.

Out in the wild

When out in the field, it requires a great measure of patience to capture the best moments.

Wildlife Photography - Why They Do It?

For instance, a photographer will have to patiently wait until it’s time for animals to go to the water point if he needs to take photographs of animals which live deeper into the forest.

In many places, the evening sun creates the best photographs.

A photographer will, therefore, be patient through all the day to capture the best out of the setting sun.

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Planning for photography

Just like any other activity, planning is key for wildlife photographers. Read this post for planning a photography trip. Wildlife photography is quite different from i.e. food photography, but not less creative.

Before setting out, the photographer should have in mind a preview of the destination.

They should be aware of the terrain for proper positioning and timing for the photography session. The photographer must have adequate information for the climatic conditions of his destination.

If the visited place is prone to rain, then one should carry enough protection to protect the equipment during the photography session. Planning also gives the photographer room to chose the best mode of transport and accommodation.

When moving through a game park, one will need a vehicle for security purposes. However, an area where vehicles cannot pass and the place is free of dangerous animals; the photographer may use a bike to move around.

Different countries have different policies; therefore, before a wildlife photographer sets out, they need to have adequate knowledge of the laws governing photography in places they are visiting.

Some countries charge people to take photographs of the wildlife which they regard as National Heritage whereas some allow free photography.

Taking photographs of fierce animals such as lions, tigers and snakes require courage.

As a wildlife photographer, one needs to have the courage to stand and focus an animal during its spectacular moment. Poisonous animals such as snakes are a threat to the safety of the photographer while at work.

When traveling as a wildlife photographer

For easy traveling, as a photographer, one needs to identify a good tour and travel company. These travel resources are really useful. They need support and someone to watch their back.

This will guarantee secure accommodation for both the photographer and the photography equipment. Since such companies have agents in many places, the photographer can learn about the new place even before they visit.

Last but not least, travel insurance and equipment insurance are a must, and not just for wildlife photographers.