The best portable hides and camouflage gear for wildlife photography in 2024

What's the best portable hide for photographing birds and animals in the wild?

The best portable hide is a great way to allow wildlife to come to you. Photographing animals in the wild is a tricky business, and trying to track subjects that don't want to be found can be immensely challenging. Instead, focus on hiding yourself, with some of the best hides and camouflage gear to blend into your environment. But which are the best to choose?

5 things to watch out for

1. Blend in

Shooting in sandy or snowy conditions rather than a wood? Hunt out a hide that can be specced in a choice of covers.

2. Cover up

Camouflage clothing only conceals your body. Break out your tripod and Bambi won’t be impressed.

3. Portability

A decent dome hide may be the lap of luxury, but carrying several extra kilos makes it vital to plan your shooting.

4. Extra cover

Look for camo scrim netting that’ll make your hide almost invisible or nature-themed camera covers.

5. Patience

Even the fanciest hide won’t instantly inspire animals to strike the perfect pose, so pack plenty of provisions.

Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys. 

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