WILDLIFE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER Wild an­gle view

THE LOW­DOWN

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CLOCK­WORK 3.30am: Wake up, have a cup of tea and start trek 4am: Reach pre­vi­ously re­searched site, set up cam­ou­flage and equip­ment 4.30am-8.30am: Start shoot­ing as an­i­mals and birds start to emerge 9am: Break­fast 9.30am: Man­age a few more shots be­fore light gets too strong 11am: Re­tire to camp, empty mem­ory cards 12pm: Ride to nearby re­sort to upload shots for mag­a­zine edi­tor 3pm: Meet for­est of­fi­cials/ guides to check for an­i­mal move­ment 4pm: Do some re­con­nais­sance for next day’s shoot 5pm: Grab some more shots be­fore los­ing the light 8pm: Re­tire to camp, have din­ner and sleep

THE PAY­OFF When one starts out, one should do as much in­de­pen­dent work as one can. Then, one could share the work with news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines, wildlife NGOs, or one could host exhibitions and en­ter pho­tog­ra­phy con­tests. One could Wildlife pho­tog­ra­phers spend time in the nat­u­ral habi­tats of their sub­jects — ie mam­mals, birds and other crea­tures of the wild — shoot­ing pho­to­graphs. It’s a pro­fes­sion that re­quires a pas­sion for wildlife, na­ture and con­ser­va­tion, along with in-depth knowl­edge of the sub­jects one is af­ter. Given In­dia’s rich­ness in wildlife, our coun­try of­fers am­ple scope for wildlife pho­tog­ra­phers to pur­sue their pas­sions as pro­fes­sion­als or hob­by­ists. Since wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy is re­garded as one of the most chal­leng­ing forms of pho­tog­ra­phy, right at­ti­tude and con­stant up­grade of pho­tog­ra­phy skills are im­por­tant to make a mark in this field. Also, you should be acutely aware of sub­ject’s safe zone and lo­cal reg­u­la­tions if you are in pro­tected ar­eas. You have to take care of your­self and en­sure the well be­ing of the sub­ject you are pho­tograph­ing. Wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy is all about en­durance and acute un­der­stand­ing of be­hav­iour of wild an­i­mals. There­fore, one must study an­i­mal be­hav­iour to have a bet­ter chance of an­tic­i­pat­ing ac­tion use one’s pho­to­graphs to de­sign cards and cal­en­dars, maybe even launch a brand. In­come at this level is around R5,000 to R10,000 per month, de­pend­ing on one’s in­ge­nu­ity. Es­tab­lished wildlife pho­tog­ra­phers can earn any­thing be­tween R30,000 to R5 lakh a month SKILLS/TRAITS Love for na­ture and an­i­mals is a pre­req­ui­site Ex­treme pa­tience Pres­ence of mind Strong com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills Re­spect for na­ture in all its forms A nat­u­ral­ist’s sen­si­tiv­ity Abil­ity to blend in and main­tain si­lence

GET­TING THERE One can start as soon as one can lay one’s hands on a cam­era. Be­gin­ners can start ob­serv­ing their sur­round­ings first and shoot com­mon an­i­mals and birds. One can also join a ba­sic pho­tog­ra­phy course and build knowl­edge from there. With dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy, some ba­sic knowl­edge of com­puter and photo soft­ware can be use­ful

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