1. Wildlife and Nature Photography Presentation by Drew
LokerLake Travis, Tx All photos in this presentation were taken by
and are Drew Loker, www.drewloker.com, unless otherwise noted.
However, please feel free to distribute freely this presentation as
long as the photo credits stay intact.
2. Wildlife and Nature is like the Rodney Dangerfield of
Photographyno respect Some people view it as easy More to it than
just being at the right place at the right time. Being prepared
with the right equipment and knowing how to use it is essential.
Slept in a car over nightwaiting for a campground. Jenny Lake,
3. Know your location Where are you shooting and what time of
day will be best for the location Use a compass to track the sun
and determine how the lighting might change through out the day.
Check sun and moon charts to know the exact time Texas City, just
4. What will you be shooting Determine living habits. Food Does
it feed in the tree or on the ground Does it sing at the tops of
trees, what kind of sounds does it make so you can flush it out
What are its mating habits Cardinals mate for life and usually hang
out togetherbut not to close to each other Dragonflies tend to
return back to the same spot Know your subject
5. Clothing consideration Some obvious: Avoid bright colors,
wear green, navy, brownnon-alarming colors Unless you are shooting
on the side of the roadthen wear a safety vest and have cones.
Avoid strong odors Wear glovesanimals will see your hands moving
before they see the rest of you. Camouflage netting, build a blind
Soft brim hat, shorts or loose pants Photo by Todd Hargis
6. Equip consideration Some obvious: Buy cheap stuff to get
started, but budget to upgrade. Most of my first lenses came from
pawn shops. Canon 500d vs. dedicated Macro Buy usedif it was good
enough for a pro yesterday, it is good enough for me today. Find
alternative uses of non-traditional items, making items if
possible. Get extra lens caps Use UV filters for hazardous
conditions. Camouflage netting, build a blind Hire a sherper to
carry your equipment
7. Packing for a Trip Photography is always about compromises
Will you benefit from any given piece of equipment on any given
day? If it all possible, drive rather than fly so you can take all
of your geardifferent hikes dictate different gear. Hiking 1-5
miles in to a remote location in Big Bend is going to be vastly
different than driving up to the road side and taking pictures at
the scenic overlook. Bring enough memory cards to try not to format
Back up in the field to a portable device, like a laptop, portable
hard drive or device that records DVDs in the field. Bring wet
weather gear economy lens rain suitsaran wrap, or shower cap from
the hotel room
8. Understanding ExposureUnderstanding Exposure Why use
different Shutter Speeds and Apertures. Town Lake, Austin, Tx
9. Exposure Setting the exposure is like filling a bucket: How
much you open the valve is going to determine how long it takes to
10. Closing the aperture is going to make the exposure time
11. Silhouettes Any time you have the sun in your picture, you
are going to have a tough exposure.
12. The Camera is only as Smart as the Photographer 1/125 @ f/8
1/15 @ f/8 Left: Good sky Exposure. Right: Good Skins Tonesshirt
13. Except for the new SMART camerasthen it is as smart as the
people in FRONT of the camera. 1/320 @ f/4.5 with fill flash Here
the camera balanced the background with enough fill flash to expose
for the foreground. Set the camera to M, set exposure for the
background, then turn on the flash. Photo by Aimee Loker
14. Using Exposure Compensation Program and Automatic Exposure
Modes do a pretty good job when the subject is evenly lit. But when
the subject is off centeror much darker/bright than the back
ground, you have to use the Manual exposure modeor dial +/-
15. Using Exposure Compensation But which is correct? Depends
on what you are looking for? Maybe you want a silhouette. Exposure
Compensation is when you CHANGE the base exposure increasing or
decreasing the total amount of light.
16. Equivalent Exposure (EE) is different than Exposure
Compensation. EE is when you keep the SAME total amount of lightbut
change the variables to either stop or blur motion, or control your
depth of field. Using Equivalent Exposure
17. Using Equivalent Exposure Long Exposures allow for creative
control. Left: 4 sec exposure allowed for people to blur as the
walked through the image. Right: 2 sec exp. Allowed for zooming
while exposing. 4 sec @ f/10, 38mm 2.2 sec @ f/10, 112mm
18. Dont Pass Up Shots Taken at Christmas time Shocked to see
yesterday the picture doesnt exist nowand may never again. You may
only pass a place once at the right time.
19. Bracket shots for tough exposure, or if your spouse is
waiting on you
20. When hiking, try to walk by yourself Birds tend to come
back out quickly after people have passed by. Just stop and
21. Just dont get too far behind I really did loose Aimee on
this hikeand really started to panic with a storm on its way.
22. Equipment Considerations Every hike is different.
Unfortunately, there is no easy answer, and much of my equipment is
duplicate in function but serves different purpose. Drive by vs.
walking to Terrain Lighting Protection to equipment 70-200/2.8 vs.
70-300/4-5.6 70-200/2.8 with 1.7x vs. 150-500 400mm with 1.7x vs
600mm or 800mm Have your camera with you Heat is bad for the
camerabut not having a camera is worse. Just protect the camera
from extreme heat. On the way to work spare camera in car. A Quote
I shared with my students today: Pictures hold life's experiences.
And I feel that with every experience you learn something.
Therefore, you learn something with every picture you take. -