I photograph wildlife from cruise ships, and this is how I do it

Richard Lovelock
White-tailed eagle (Image credit: Richard Lovelock)

Richard Lovelock has what many might think of the dream job - working on a cruise ship, traveling the world. His day job is as a cruise ship photographer for Fred Olsen - but his life at sea allows him to enjoy is passion for wildlife photography. He talks about how he approaches shooting the birds and mammals he says from the ships that he sails on…

“Wildlife photography is a test of one’s patience,” Richard explains. Though it requires commitment and stamina, having wildlife photography as a hobby can also be hugely rewarding. As Richard explains, “Not everyone can place themselves in front of an amazing creature. I am grateful for the opportunity and want to capture that image and immortalize the animal in my memory.”

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.


He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.