Photography In The Wild!
Photography is a wonderful hobby. You can capture some of the Earth’s most wonderful sites. Acts of nature, key points in human history, the list goes on. Some of the best photos occur out in the wild. Out where there is limited civilisation, among the forests and the mountains, where wildlife are free and photos of striking beauty can be captured. There are various issues to deal with when in these areas. Many budding photographer has gone lost in the wild or gotten themselves into some kind of trouble in foreign countries while angling for their photo. Of course the tips to help depend on where you are going. Yet due to the equipment needed to capture such great photos some of are the same. As a photographer you may have your own story to tell in the wild, you may be ready next time, or you could always go prepared, yet still the tips in this article can help you get the better photos while still enduring the elements out in the wild. Sometimes when you have to work for the perfect photo it means way more, making it far more special. You may have considered some of these tips. But if not give them a try, see how they can help you out in the wild.
The best thing to do first is get a plan of action. You know where you are going, so you know what the weather will be like and what kind of equipment you need. The trick is only taking what you for sure know you will need. There is no point taking extra lenses and equipment that you don’t think you will use. It means more to carry. If you have to, take replacements instead. Even in those high places a normal camera may not be enough, which is why you could consider drone photographers. Getting a plan together means more than just the equipment. It means plotting your route. Finding out everything you need to know about the intended area. What animals are in the wild there? Could you be in trouble if something went wrong?
You need to ensure your photography items have the right protection too. If you are going to go somewhere extremely cold then you need to think about shielding your items from the lower temperatures because it can be damaging. The same with going somewhere hot. In the desert sand can destroy cameras. Take cases that have protective qualities. When you are in the wild you may be banging your bag against trees and rocks as you climb and hike, so make sure the cases are shockproof too. You don’t want to get to your destination only to find out your cameras or equipment has been ruined.
You should rent a car, and take it as far as you can go. Sometimes you may not be able to get it to the point where you want to take a photo in your vehicle. As such, leave it in a safe place. A vehicle shields you from the elements, hungry wildlife, and gives you a safe haven to retreat to. Go for a 4×4. In these cases, you need to maintain the correct travel documents, and always get the offered insurance, you may think it a con, but when you are going up in the wild you never know what can happen.
In terms of permits, ensure you get the right ones. Certain countries can be really funny where photos are concerned. in Europe you don’t really need to worry too much. Yet there are certain places, such as the Middle East, where you need to be careful. Especially when you go out into the wilder areas. Do you research and be careful. On the same note, you may want to check what vaccinations you need. If travelling to Africa or certain countries in Asia you may need to get Malaria jabs or typhoid jabs, among others. Even if you are only there for a limited time. Don’t tempt fate or your journey that likely cost a lot of money could be spent in the hospital.
Don’t just blindly go somewhere you think would be good for photos. Check what is going on first. Are there local militia groups in operation? Riots? Military actions? Again, you’ll be fine in certain areas of the world but when travelling to others you should always check and do your research to avoid any kinds of disaster.
When you get to where you need to go patience is required. Sunset and sunrise are both key times to take your photos, but don’t rush. Wait it out. If it is going to rain, wait for the rain. You could capture another great image. Scout out, get to different vantage points. Speak to the locals too, provided they speak the same language. They usually have great knowledge and can tell you about certain areas that have not been photographed before. Imagine finding something new, something ill traveled by others who have entered the region. You could make your name. Talking to the locals means you can tap into a different stream of information. If you are going to areas that are poor consider taking something to sweeten the deal. It could be food, items, money, etc.
If you are a wildlife photographer then you are going to have to be even more patient. The issue comes when being patient in extreme heat or cold. Take the right equipment to facilitate this. A tent, a heater, equipment to cook food etc. You can take some modern tech that makes the endeavor easier too. Look at motion detection software and baiting technology. Using it you can find the animal faster. Again, tapping into local knowledge can be a huge plus here, you could even hire a tracker to help you find the animal or the place you need to go. Everything together sounds quite daunting, yet when you prepare it all comes together. Preparation is the ultimate key.