The Cameras of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award 2020 Shortlist

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With the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2020 happening, we got a look at the wonderful photos that have been shortlisted. The photographers are of course, of the famous kind. What’s more, they use a variety of different gear. And we were just as surprised as many of you will be at what’s being used. Let’s take a look!

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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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The 5 Best Mirrorless Cameras for Enthusiastic Photographers

If you’re passionate about photography and ready to take things up a notch, you need to see these cameras for enthusiastic photographers.

Now is a great time to buy a dedicated camera. Over the last year or so, entry-level cameras for enthusiastic photographers have been flooding the market. Now, just because we say ‘entry-level,’ don’t for one second think you’ll be giving anything up. The Mirrorless cameras we’ve listed after the break are bursting at the seams with technology. They’re perfect for anyone who wants to take their photography to the next level. The best part is that these cameras are incredibly affordable. If you’re an enthusiastic photographer and want a camera that will wow you, check out these five options.

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How Portrait Photographer Paul Howard Makes Magic In-Camera

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My name is Paul Howard. I’m a portrait and headshot photographer in Red Deer, Alberta, in Canada. Like many, I find I’m happiest behind the camera. I revel in images of people, particularly faces. The when and where is any time, any place. My “how” is pretty basic, at least I think it is: find or make the light I’m looking for and capture it. The why is a little more difficult to explain.

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Is YouTube Holding Back the Best Black Photographers?

I wanted to show you the best black photographers on YouTube, but it wasn’t as easy I thought it would be.

I’ve had the privilege of showcasing the best black photographers during my three-plus years writing for The Phoblographer. Whether it’s in round-ups or interviews, I’ve enjoyed every minute of working with those I’ve featured. And I don’t do this at a certain time of year; it’s a constant. But in line with Black History Month, I pitched to my editor the idea of doing a round up of the best black photographers on YouTube. Once approved, I set out to begin my research. My findings were both saddening and frustrating.

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4 Great Mirrorless Cameras Perfect for Bird and Wildlife Photography

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These Mirrorless cameras are built tough and have tracking capabilities that make them ideal for wildlife photography.

Birding and wildlife photography have both increased in popularity over the last year. The pandemic can be thanked for that. With so many photographers stuck at home, looking outside and capturing wildlife has become a nice way to pass the time and scratch our creative itches. However, birding and wildlife photography is not as easy as you may think. Thankfully, there are now cameras on the market with incredibly sophisticated autofocus systems that can track animals with ease. The best part is that there are cameras available for every budget. After the break, we have rounded up four of our favorite Mirrorless cameras for wildlife photography that will fit into every budget.

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These Super Telephoto Zooms Make Capturing Winter Wildlife Easy

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Lots of photographers shut things down when the colder winter weather starts hitting. However, things are just getting started for wildlife photographers. Those who brave the winter winds and snow often get rewarded with spectacular shots of the wildlife around them. If you want to get in on the winter wildlife photography scene, you’ll need a lens that will help deliver the goods. After the break, we’ve rounded up five super telephoto zooms across multiple platforms that will get you closer to the action than ever before.

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Dennis Murphy: A Great Advertising Photographer Who Barely Photoshops

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My name is Dennis Murphy. I’m an advertising photographer based in Dallas, TX. I’ve shot on four continents for clients such as Ducati, American Airlines, GM, Pepsi, and Nike. My greatest pride is that my photographs reside in the collections of both of my daughters.

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The New HP ZBook Firefly G8 Targets Photographers Using Macbooks

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Every time I hear about laptops targeting creatives, I get really excited. The new HP ZBook Firefly G8 seems to be targeted Macbook users pretty hard. Specifically, in their press release, they claim the weight of their 14-inch variant to be around that of a MacBook Pro 13″! That’s impressive. As a working journalist, I’ve always preferred 13-inch laptops. But I’m very intrigued if I can get more real estate for the same weight.

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Our Favorites: 8 of the Best Portrait Photographers in 2020

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We love portrait photography. So do millions of our readers. Over the past decade, we’ve had the opportunity to showcase some of the best portrait photographers in the business. Some of the pieces we’ve published include awesome self-portraits, imaginative conceptual portraits, and professional-class headshots. 2020 has been no different from the previous 10 years. We’ve had some amazing portrait photographers share their work with us. And as we bring this unforgettable year to a close, allow us to share The Phoblographer’s favorite portrait photographers in 2020.

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Why New Film Photographers Need to Give 120 Film a Try

Just getting into analog photography and curious about 120 film and medium format? Our latest infographic has you covered.

While much of the photo industry is dominated by digital, there’s never been more interest in analog photography. The production of popular film stocks has been steadily increasing. New film emulsions are also regularly introduced. Despite the 35mm format being more common, many film photographers are turning to medium format cameras and shooting with 120 film. If you’re new to the world of film photography, our latest original infographic will tell you everything you need to know about 120 film.

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8 Lenses and Accessories for Landscape Photographers on a Budget

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Landscape photographers, these are lenses and accessories that will help you capture your best images yet while on a budget.

Can you believe Summer is already drawing to a close? Pretty soon, the sun will set earlier, and the landscapes around us will undergo a beautiful transformation. It’s this time of year that excites me more than any other simply due to how gorgeous the world becomes. Trees are filled with vibrant colors, sunsets and sunrises take on another life, and of course, the lower temperature make it a joy to be outside. If you want to capture the beauty of Fall though, you need to have the right gear. After the break, we will take a quick look at some lenses and accessories that will help all landscape photographers create their best landscape images yet.

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Be One With Nature: These Super Zooms Make Wildlife Photography Easy

Birding and other types of wildlife photography have become more popular than ever since social distancing came into play.

When it comes to using photography as a therapeutic tool, it’s hard to ignore the benefits of being able to get out into the great wide open to participate in wildlife photography. As we mentioned above, since social distancing became the new norm, many photographers have been trying their hand at birding and nature photography. To their surprise, many photographers are actually enjoying the time that they spend trying to take images of our winged, and our four-legged friends. These genres can be incredibly rewarding, but you need to have the right gear. After the break, we will take a quick look at some super zoom lenses that will help get you up close and personal with animals, and all sorts of other things.

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Facts About Image Stabilization: What Every Photographer Should Know

Our latest original infographic covers some handy tips that help you maximize image stabilization capabilities of your cameras and lenses.

Some photographers have incredibly steady hands, which allows them to easily make photographs at slower shutter speeds without tripods. Others aren’t quite so lucky. These photographers need to crank up their shutter speeds in order to compensate for camera shake and to prevent blurriness in their images. Caffeine addicts like myself understand this pain all too well. Luckily, camera manufacturers understand this challenge as well. As a result, we’ve seen significant developments in image stabilization technology in recent years.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Getting Up Close for Wildlife Photography

If you’re into wildlife photography, practice getting close to wild animals for awesome shots with this quick photography cheat sheet.

Photographing from afar is one of the most convenient, surefire ways to do wildlife photography. But some wild animals are simply great for close-up snaps. The challenge, therefore, lies in getting close enough to these creatures to get perfect shots without disrupting them in their natural habitat. Today’s photography cheat sheet comes with some helpful tips if you’re planning to try this and level up your wildlife photography.

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6 Luxury Mirrorless Cameras for Photographers Who Demand the Best

If you want the best of the best, and you have deep enough pockets, these are the luxury Mirrorless cameras that should be on your radar.

We do a lot of roundups that focus on affordable, feature-packed cameras that are more than enough for 99% of photographers out there. But what if money was no problem, and you wanted to get your hands on some of the best cameras out there? In this roundup, we will take a quick look at six of the best luxury Mirrorless cameras that money can buy right now.

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