The Invisible Photographer

The Invisible Photographer
Wildlife & nature photography requires silence, invisibility and respect for the surroundings.

It's one of the more challenging forms of photography. Animals are difficult to approach, so knowledge of the animal's behaviour is needed to predict their actions. Photographing some species may require stalking skills or the use of a hide/blind for concealment.

In general, wild animals are scared of people, so you need to avoid noises or move abruptly during a photography session in nature.

Patience is most likely the number one skill you need to have for wildlife & nature photography. If you don't have patience, don't even think to start with this kind of photography.

Now you see me. Now you don't!

There are four kinds of camouflage I use:

  1. Cover your camera and lenses with camouflage material (LensCoat). At the same time, it protects your equipment from bumps and scratches (photo 1).
  2. When watching wildlife for a long period of time, I use the Stealth Gear Extreme One man Chair Hide M2 (photo 2).
  3. For more portability, I use the Lenscoat Lenshide (photo 3).
  4. And if you are going extreme, then you can even get snipers clothing (photo 4)!

Capturing wildlife and nature photos is not the same as a model shoot, sports event or a simple family gathering; the subjects don't follow commands or have predictable movements. Observe the surroundings and check for nice backgrounds if you're going to get really close. For birds, they have the habit of following the same route when flying around, and they usually use the same branch to rest on.

When doing a long trip or vacation abroad, I always check what to expect at the location. What kind of wildlife would I encounter, and what are their behaviours? Although I prefer to go solo, it's sometimes recommended to consult a local guide, after all, they know where to find all the best places for wildlife. Climate is also important to take into account. If you go for a trip to the cloud forests of Costa Rica or the Colombian jungle, be prepared for heavy rain showers, so dress accordingly and protect your equipment with a rain cover from LensCoat (see photo)!

Lenscoat Rain Cover
Lenscoat Rain Cover
About
The Author
The Invisible Photographer

Dirk Beckers is a hobby wildlife & nature photographer living in Antwerp (Belgium). Fujifilm is mostly the gear I prefer but sometimes Nikon has a place in my bag. Aside from some exposure, sharpening, noise reduction and basic colour corrections, I don't spend much time post-processing my photos. I believe that good photographs are accomplished outdoors, in the field, and not in front of the computer. That's the essence of my photography. Click here for more.