Expert Tips on Wildlife & Nature Photography
Court is an avid nature and wildlife photographer and naturalist Expedition Leader for Natural Habitat Adventures. His background in wildlife and conservation biology led him to pursue a joint Ph.D. in ecotourism and entomology. As Editor in Chief of The Natural Photographer, he is eager to share his photography knowledge and creative guidance with readers through comprehensive tutorials and blog posts. You may view more of his photography at www.courtwhelan.com
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Court, I have found your photo tips to be very practical and up-to-date. So, I appreciate them in general, and specifically for upcoming Nat Hab trips. In late March, I will be in Nepal/Bhutan. Mulling over whether to bring a larger (Peak Design) tripod, do you know if there will be any night photographic opportunities, particularly in the clear air of Bhutan? I’m wondering about the Milky Way, star trails with an interesting foreground (e.g. a Bhutanese structure or the mountains), or the moonlit Himalayas. Thanks in advance for any insights. Regards, Jack
Hi Jack, great to hear from you! When it comes to photography in the Himalayas, yes, night photography will be possible. However, I usually opt for the “blue hour” which is that time just after sunset when you actually want some ambient light in your scene. See, the issue with pure darkness astrophotography is that you really need absolute darkness, which I’m just not sure you’ll get in and around the hotels and lodges. But blue hour photography OF your lodge and hotel is exactly what I strive for, as it’s a glorious way to showcase these important travel photography elements. That all being said, a tripod would indeed be fun to have for blue hour and knowing Peak Design, they’re small and lightweight. While I’d mostly expect to get great blue hour shots, if you do get a chance for some star photography, you’ll indeed be extra glad you have it!
Thanks for all of your awesome tips! Tibet is my dream trip ❤️❤️
Fantastic shot of the rhino! I always assumed they would be very rare.
rare in some areas, but if you know where to go, they’re virtually a guarantee 🙂