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The Popularity of Wildlife Photography

The Popularity of Wildlife Photography
Since the introduction of digital cameras, wildlife photography became very popular.

In the last couple of years, you often see large groups of people standing with their cameras and big lenses on the same spot in nature. Is something going on? Are they Paparazzi and found a celebrity doing something obscurely in the woods? They are most likely wildlife photographers gathering together to shoot all the same photos!

Another example that wildlife photography is popular is the many promo emails I get, offering photographers group trips to exotic destinations to hunt for the perfect snapshots. That's NOT my kind of wildlife photography. I have never felt the need to travel with a group. I personally prefer to go out on my own; in that way, I can decide where to go and how long to stay in a spot without worrying about what any of the other photographers need. I believe strongly that wildlife photography is a solitaire activity to search, discover and experience nature.

I wonder who will have the most opportunities to see wildlife and take better photos? A group of people? Or the solitary guy, well camouflaged in the bushes?

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About Dirk Beckers
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.
Bird Identification
Please be aware that I'm not an expert in Ornithology. I'm using Merlin app from The Cornell Lab for bird identification, but if you think that there are still some mistakes with the names of the birds, please feel free to contact me. I will be happy to make the necessary corrections!
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For non-commercial uses, my photos are free to share but if you are interested in using one of my photos for commercial purposes in a legal way, please contact me. If you use my photos for commercial purposes without my consent, I do a regular reverse image search on a regular basis.