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Wildlife photography

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A 500 mm telephoto lens

Wildlife is among the most challenging motifs for a photographer, and needs a combination of good luck, patience, experience and good equipment.


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Countless documentaries, websites, and books include pictures of wildlife. This makes their information can come alive, and the pictures give people a better idea of what wildlife in foreign places looks like. Without wildlife photography, people wouldn't have nearly as good an idea of what animals look like in faraway places, from African elephants to plants that are only native to a small region or island. Wildlife photography is often taken for granted, but like photography in general, a picture is worth a thousand words.


Wildlife photography often requires a long telephoto lens, though things like a flock of birds or a tiny creature need other lenses.


A wildlife photographer wearing camouflage

Many exotic animals are hard to find, and parks sometimes have rules about taking photographs for commercial purposes. Wild animals might either be shy or aggressive. The environment might be cold, hot, or otherwise hostile.

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