Wildlife Photographer Ralf Schneider Talks About His Poignant Animal Encounters

Keen on getting into wildlife photography? We bring some inspiring insights from German wildlife photographer Ralf Schneider.

German wildlife photographer Ralf Schneider has been shooting the beauty of nature for 40 years. But, it was only during this year that he added a feather to his photographer hat when his adorable photo of a napping Weddell seal made it to the roster of Highly Commended black and white photos in the largest wildlife photography competition in the world, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year . We wanted to learn more about how the outstanding photo was shot, and fortunately Ralf also obliged to share more about his insights from years as a wildlife photographer, including a number of his poignant animal encounters. If you’re developing an interest in this genre, we think our quick chat will be inspiring.

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Watch This Wildlife Photographer Get Squished by Curious Baby Elephant Seals

Being a wildlife photographer comes with many dangers, so we suggest taking on the task only when you’ve watched this video!

So, you want to be a wildlife photographer? You’ll definitely have to be aware of the many dangers that come with the job. Surely, you’ve heard of what happens when you get too close to wild animals — like getting chased by angry lions and elephants, close encounters with creatures that get too curious, and polar bears trying to break into protective enclosures (to state a few). But perhaps there’s nothing quite like being mauled by the cuteness of baby elephant seals while out in the field.

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What Street Photographers Can Learn from Nature and Wildlife Photographers

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In street photography, there’s a good deal of walking around and shooting as moments coalesce and disappear. Spend time with a street photographer, and you’ll see them bound off somewhere to get a shot and later return once they’ve gotten it. To wit, there’s a lot of movement, a good dealing of searching for the confluence of light, motion, and emotion.  In practice, it can feel very hurried because just as in photojournalistic situations you have to be ready at a moment’s notice, though the stakes are much lower. Constantly looking for the shot, however, can lead to not finding any shot at all. There are times when it’s good to stop completely and wait for a photograph to come together, in the way that nature and wildlife photographers wait for just the right moment.

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Wildlife Photographer Gets Turned into a Lookout Post by Wild Meerkats

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Who knew communing with nature can be so cute and cuddly?!

If you think that being a wildlife photographer means your life is in constant danger, think again. On a trip to the sandy Makgadikgadi region in northern Botswana to photograph Africa’s charming and endearing meerkats, UK wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas found himself making some new furry little friends instead. And also, becoming a (not-so) reluctant lookout post and a source of entertainment for them.

Burrard-Lucas spent six days in the arid region photographing one particular meerkat family and the animals got so used to him, they decided to utilize him for greater purposes. While the little overly curious meerkat toddlers played with his camera, their resourceful parents used him as a makeshift watchtower to scan for predators and other dangers. Pretty ingenious!

We don’t know how Burrard-Lucas was able to focus on the job with all that ruckus around him but ever the professional, he managed to take home some amazing, even epic, shots. Better yet, he was able to mix business with pleasure.

Check out the wonderful shots he took during his cuddly adventure here. But first, watch this video after the jump.

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Wildlife Photographer Releases an Inspiring Aerial Footage of the Wild Plains of the Serengeti

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The plains of the Serengeti, which plays host to a great number of animal and plant species as well as the largest mammal migration on land in the world, is a place that not everyone gets to experience first hand. Let’s face it; while Africa is one of the most naturally beautiful places in the world, it’s still a harsh and untamed land that will test people’s limits.

At least, we can rely on wildlife photographers and shows like BBC’s Planet Earth to give us glimpses of this majestic place and its amazing wildlife.

Recently, UK-based professional wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas released some inspiring aerial footage of the Serengeti and its wild “residents” going about their daily business–from a lone hyena dragging a carcass to a herd of migrating wild goats to a pod of hippos bathing in a muddy river.

Burrard-Lucas’ work aims to move people to preserving and protecting the planet’s fast-declining wildlife and natural wonders. He has spent years documenting animals in the wild using advanced equipment, including contraptions that he created himself like the terrestrial BeetleCam and the airborne BeetleCopter. In fact, this video of the Serengeti is his first footage using the BeetleCopter, which he controlled via the live video feed from the GoPro Hero 3+ mounted on it.

Thanks to this video, we are reminded yet again of how glorious, beautiful, and stirring the African continent is. See it after the jump.
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Review: Olympus OMD EM1 III (A Travel Photographer’s Imperfect Gem)

The Olympus OMD EM1 III gives me very mixed feelings and promotes a particular lifestyle over the general appeal.

Though I’m hesitant to call the Olympus OMD EM1 III a specialized camera, it could be the best way to describe it. Travel, landscape, wildlife, and night photographers will adore its features. The small size combined with small lenses, deep depth of field at open apertures, and the build quality is all highly prized. When the aging sensor at the heart of the Olympus OMD EM1 III starts to rear its ugly head, Olympus can deliver beautiful images via the art filters. In my discussions with other journalists, I feel like the Art Filters are what truly makes Olympus unique. It’s synonymous with Fujifilm’s Film Simulations. If you don’t believe me, I’ve got one word for you: Acros. While traveling, the system is lightweight and one of the most manageable that I’ve used. And no matter where you’re traveling to, the Olympus OMD EM1 III has durability almost comparable to the EM1X. So why would you leave Sony, Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Leica, Panasonic, or Fujifilm for an Olympus OMD EM1 III? Honestly, I’m still pondering who the photographer is that would do just that.

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The Best Micro Four Thirds Camera for Every Type of Photographer

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Despite what some people say, The Micro Four Thirds Platform is alive and well, and there is a camera to suit your specific needs, even for pros.

The Micro Four Thirds platform doesn’t get a whole lot of love these days thanks to the prices of Full Frame and APS-C cameras plummeting, and misinformation bandied around the web by people who think they know it all. I’m here to tell you that the Micro Four Thirds platform is doing just fine, and believe it or not, the cameras are more than capable of producing stunning images. Heck, some Micro Four Thirds cameras are more than good enough to be used by pros too. After the break, we will take a quick look at several M4/3 cameras that suit every photographer from beginners to professionals.

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Three Excellent Sony Lenses You Can Use for Wildlife Photography

If you like capturing animals out in the wild with your Sony Camera, these are the lenses you need to use for wildlife photography.

Wildlife and birding photography are growing in popularity, and camera and lens manufacturers are taking note of this as they are releasing more cameras and more lenses that are suitable for these genres. Sony has made cameras with incredible tracking capabilities, and they have also made lenses available that lend themselves well to wildlife photography too. If you have a Sony camera, and you are in the market for a lens that will enable you to take wildlife images easily, this article is for you. After the break, we will share with you three of our favorite Sony lenses that are ideal for wildlife photography. Continue reading…

These Photographers Are Getting the Best Out of the Sony a7R IV

The Sony a7R IV promised big results, but at a cost. These photographers prove it’s worth every penny.

When the Sony a7R IV was announced in the summer of 2019, Sony lovers waited with anticipation to get their hands on the latest flagship model. Packed with a 61MP full-frame sensor, 15 stops of dynamic range, and a ridiculously fast focusing system, the a7R IV certainly holds its place amongst the boys and girls. Eventually released this September (read our first impressions), Sony shooters have only had a couple of months to put the camera through its paces. But even in such a short amount of time, plenty of photographers have created quality images with Sony a7R IV. And because we’re so selfless and loving, instead of keeping all these great photographers to ourselves, we’re going to share the best of them with you.

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3 Sigma Lenses That Will Make Your Next Wildlife Photography Trip Easier

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If you love wildlife photography and the results from Sigma lenses, these three telephoto lenses will please you.

Sigma’s lenses have come on in leaps and bounds in the last few years; they now produce some of the very best lenses on the market. Sigma is known for its prime lenses, but Sigma’s zoom lenses are equally as great. If you’re a wildlife photographer or you enjoy birding, and you haven’t looked at Sigma’s telephoto options, this roundup will clue you in on what they have to offer. After the break, we will take a quick look at three Sigma lenses ideal for all types of wildlife photography. Continue reading…

8 Powerful Lenses That Make Wildlife Photography Easy

These lenses will get you closer to the action on your next birding or wildlife photography trip.

There’s always talk about street, portrait, sports, landscape, and the documentary genres of photography, but little about the wildlife and birding genres. It seems as though lens manufacturers are taking note of the growing popularity of these two categories: there are more and more lenses suited to this type of work that are hitting the market. Wildlife photography and birding photography may sound easy, but I can assure you that if you aren’t skilled and do not have lenses with great reach, you will struggle. We have picked out eight lenses for various platforms that will help you get closer to the action. Check them out after the break. Continue reading…

8 Travel Photographers Who Exemplify the Quality You Need to Aim For

If you fancy getting into travel photography, these photographers set the bar.

Take a quick look at Instagram hashtags and you’ll see everyone imagines themselves as travel photographers in 2019. It’s the dream. Going from one destination to another, visiting all the cool sites, and capturing everything with your camera in the process. But spend some time in those hashtags, and you’ll find that most of them are mediocre snapshots. The reality is, travel photographers are some of the hardest working people in the industry. Their spectacular frames come from years of effort, sacrifice, and failure. So, if you’re serious about being an epic travel photographer, then these eight photographers are an excellent reference for quality.

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What Lenses Should You Invest in for Wildlife Photography?

If you’re just getting started with wildlife photography, it’s worth knowing which lenses make the best investments.

Thinking of upgrading your lenses for shooting wildlife photography? If you’re determined to do it long-term, we have just the right stuff for you. UK-based wildlife photographer and journalist Tom Mason gives a run-down of his lens recommendations, but not the way most photographers would do it. Understanding that choosing the right lenses for the job can be daunting for beginners, he decided to recommend lenses that you’d be using for years.

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Stian Klo Captures the Majestic Wildlife of the Kenyan Landscape

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We’ve been following the trips of Norweigian adventure photographer Stian Klo for some time. Stian has been to some really picturesque locations, like the Finnish Lapland and Northern Italy. This time, we revisit his 2017 trip to Africa – a dream destination for intrepid travelers, adventure photographers, and wildlife photographers alike. With photos that showcase the fascinating wildlife and the vast landscapes it calls home, we can see that Stian achieved his goal for this adventure: “to embrace the adventure and not force the creative process in terms of photography.”

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Capture Wildlife Easily with These Super Zoom Lenses and Accessories

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These super zoom lenses will get you up close and personal with wildlife and more.

There’s nothing quite like being out in nature and seeing wild animals roam the plains and the countryside. Capturing images of wildlife can be quite tricky without the right equipment though. Fortunately, there are some truly impressive, super zoom lenses on the market that are surprisingly affordable. The super zoom lenses and accessories we will be sharing with you offer outstanding value for money, and will help you to capture our four legged and winged friends with ease. Continue reading…

Teresa Golden Showcases the Captivating Wildlife of the Colorado Rockies

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With a fascination for mountain scenery ingrained since childhood, one could say that Colorado-based Teresa Golden was destined to capture the grandeur of the landscape that she shares with some equally stunning wildlife. Having settled in the small mountain community in the Colorado Rockies, the wildlife-rich environment of the Gunnison Valley quickly became her playground and a splendid setting for her to find her footing as a “texture photographer”.

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Nat Geo Photographer Ami Vitale on Photographing the Last White Rhinos

Photographer and filmmaker Ami Vitale and online fundraising platform Omaze are offering you an amazing opportunity.

“…the real secret is understanding that it’s not only about making pretty images. A lot of people can do that,” says award winning Nat Geo photographer Ami Vitale about creating photos that really move the world. “The real secret to powerful photography is the ability to not just make a beautiful image but make an image with meaning. It must have a story too.” In fact, Ami is teaming up with Omaze to help train the next generation of photographers on how to do this and to make sure everyone is aware of just how much the world’s wildlife is being threatened.

In 2018, Ami was put into the spotlight for her image of Sudan, the last male northern white rhino alive on the planet. She documented the heartbreaking final moments leading to his passing, signaling the end of an ancient species.. “There are no words to adequately express the profound grief I felt then and still feel today,” she says when asked about the experience. Whilst discussing where the journey sat in terms of her career and life, Ami said, “It’s one of the most painful but important moments I have ever witnessed.”

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3 of Our Favorite Super Telephoto Lenses for Captivating Wildlife Photography

Sometimes there is nothing better than going on a wildlife photography trip.

Being able to go out into the great wide open to see magnificent animals in their natural habitats is a passion for many photographers. There is something quite magical about seeing buffalo roam the plains, or seeing eagles soaring through the sky. Wildlife photography can be one of the most fun, and most rewarding genres of photography, but you need to have the right gear to take with you on your travels.

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Under $600: 3 Fujifilm Lenses for the Photographer Making a Switch

Newcomers to the platform are spoiled for choice when it comes to Fujifilm lenses, especially fast primes and high quality telephotos.

Fujifilm lenses (whether prime or telephoto) all offer outstanding image quality, fantastic build quality, fast autofocus performance, and the vast majority of the lenses are incredibly affordable. Even the more expensive options in the Fuji lineup are usually less than lenses from companies such as Canon, Nikon, and Sony. When you start building your arsenal of Fuji glass though it can be a little bit of a challenge to know what to buy, especially when it comes to primes. Here’s a look at three Fujifilm lenses that are not only outstanding performers, they’re also under $600 and won’t break the bank.

With so many amazing Fujifilm lenses to choose from it can be hard to make a decision on which ones to buy. In this article we are going to take a look at three incredible Fuji Lenses that are under $600, and why you should add them to your kit.

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Three Lenses Every Beginner Canon and Nikon Photographer Should Consider

Lenses can be both wondrous things to look at and use. But to the beginner, the world of lenses outside of the ones that come with the camera can be scary place. With so many to choose from, how can you pick the best ones to start your journey? 

The kit lenses that came with the camera you purchased will only take you so far, and then you will need to look at the many offerings for your brand of camera. The quality of your images relies heavily on the glass that you place in front of your cameras sensor, but where do you start? Here is a look at the three lenses every beginner Canon and Nikon photographer should consider.

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Five Amazing APS-C and Micro Four Thirds Cameras for Wildlife and Nature Photography

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Wildlife and nature photographers spend the vast majority of their time outdoors, capturing images of birds of prey, all the way down to insects that roam around on the ground. But what are the best cameras to consider for these genres of photography?

APS-C based cameras are perfect for these two genres of photography thanks to their crop factors. Canon’s bodies offer a 1.6x crop, Nikon bodies 1.5x, Sony crop bodies have a magnification of 1.5x, Fuji crop sensors have a 1,5x crop and micro four thirds systems have a crop of 2x. What does this mean? Basically any lens you use on your camera will have its focal range magnified. A Sigma 150-600 f5.6-6.3 on a Canon body will have an effective focal range of 240mm-960mm, suddenly you can see why APS-C and M4/3 cameras make sense for wildlife photography.

Here’s a look at five amazing APS-C and M4/3 cameras for both wildlife and nature photography.

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