Proper wildlife photography field craft step-by-step
The key techniques to remember when you’re trying to get close to wildlife
1 Blend in
Wear gloves and a hat to cover up bare skin. Avoid wearing deodorant and aftershave when you’re shooting mammals, and approach them with the wind in your face so that your scent is carried away. If your lens is pale-coloured (like the one above), fit a camouflage lens cover.
2 Use natural cover
Don’t walk directly towards the animal. Use a zig-zag approach and use trees and rocks as cover. Keep a low profile to avoid breaking the skyline, as otherwise your outline will be distinctive. Make sure your camera is switched on and set up, so you don’t have to fumble at the controls.
3 Carry a bag hide
Lightweight and easy to pack, a bag hide enables you to quickly conceal yourself in the field. Simply throw one over you and your camera gear to break up your shape. Bag hides are loose fitting and feature a small window that you can use to push your lens through.
PAGE 1: How to shoot garden wildlife photography
PAGE 2: Best camera settings for garden wildlife photography
PAGE 3: How to set up a feeding station
PAGE 4: Choosing the right wildlife photography location
PAGE 5: Look for frozen water
PAGE 6: Getting the best results from long lenses
PAGE 7: Why you want to get close to animals
PAGE 8: Key techniques for getting close to wildlife
PAGE 9: How to set up a hide
PAGE 10: How to shoot from a car window
PAGE 11: Wildlife photography in iconic locations
PAGE 12: Don’t forget the basics of wildlife photography
PAGE 13: How to protect your gear