Essential Wildlife Photography Tips

Two veteran National Geographic photographers impart their tips on how to photograph animals in the wild. The name of the game in wildlife photography—whether you’re attempting to capture a herd of elephants on the Serengeti Plains or squirrels in your backyard—is patience. Wild animals are going to do what they’re going to do. Unfortunately, you can’t ask them to gaze this way, do something cute, or stand where the light is better. You have to be there, and ready, when they decide to appear cute or do something interesting. Be prepared to wait, and wait, and wait—it takes a long time to get good wildlife shots, even longer to create great ones. But it’s not wasted time. The longer you spend with an animal or a group of animals, the better you get to know them and their behaviors. You get to see the idiosyncrasies of different individuals, and you’ll get to