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
June 10, 2022 at 7:24 am
Court Whelan, Ph.D.
June 16, 2022 at 2:00 pm
I have an oblique question about sometimes photographing animal figurines from only one side. I wonder if you feel the animal model facing in a rightward stance is better. We English read from left to right, and left to right signifies directional movement in progress to us. Your toucan, lizard and butterfly images each happen to be that way. In static photography, direction of facing is more often a choice. My pref is left to right.
I thank you for the quality and guidance your site presents. I’ll forward a link to my daughter, who frequently takes images of ponies, donkeys and other animals in the New Forest near her home.
thanks, Alan! I think you have a good point of orientation, in how it could be based on how we read left to right…or even right vs. left-handedness. I think we most wildlife photography we don’t really have the luxury of choosing, so the only thing I really concentrate on is leaving space in the direction the animal is facing/moving. That is, if I offset the animal subject on the left side, there should be more space on the right side (rule of thirds). Similarly, if the animal is on the right side facing left, I leave more space on the left side. However, this is an interesting observation and I’ll start really paying attention to it in those cases where I can indeed choose the direction!