Stalk a stag
Photographing deer means long lenses and plenty of patience. James Paterson goes stalking…
Discover the techniques and kit you need to capture photos of elusive wild deer
Photograph deer in a deer park, sanctuary or in the wild
Anyone can do it Some tricky aspects Advanced technique
A long lens (around 400mm is ideal) Nikon D-SLR Tripod Monopod
Capturing wildlife is a challenge on several levels. It’s a test of your patience, dedication and, if you have a big lens, even your arm muscles. But it’s a chance to observe beautiful creatures behaving naturally, and perseverance can be rewarded with photos to be proud of.
There’s always an element of luck involved in wildlife photography, as you can never be sure that the animals will play ball, but with perseverance you can make your own luck. Wildlife photographers will visit the same location time and time again, waiting for the right moment when animal, light and composition all come together to create the perfect shot.
It pays to be up and in position very early, as deer activity is usually most intense just after dawn. Of course, this is often also one of the best times of the day for light, especially if you’re lucky enough to get the magic combination of morning sunlight and low-lying mist. Wild deer get spooked easily, so stay downwind, wear dark clothes and keep quiet. Alternatively, head to a deer sanctuary or park where the animals are used to people. Here you can usually get in closer or use dedicated viewing areas.
There is always an element of luck involved in wildlife photography, as you can never be sure that the animals will play ball, but with perseverance you can make your own luck
Spotted! Nikon D800, Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2.8G ED VR, 1/1000 sec, f/8, ISO1600