Useful Tips on Animal Photography

Choose A Good Camera

There are many types of cameras out there, but only a few are versatile enough for photographing wildlife outdoors. The best choices you have are SLRs and mirrorless cameras. The mid- and pro-level models are typically weather-sealed, and they can be set manually and can accept different lenses.

Use The Right Lens

For a starter lens, consider getting a telephoto zoom to allow more shooting flexibility. If you look hard enough, you can even find some that feature optical stabilization. If you want to get a telephoto with a fixed focal length (no zooming capabilities), look for one that's at least 100mm. The best models are from old film cameras because they not only feature quality glass but are also affordable and durable.

Practice

If you’ve ever tried following birds, squirrels, or even stray cats around, you know they’re very alert and usually run away before you even get close. This is mostly true for many other animals. Before you set out in the woods with your camera, practice shooting little critters in your neighbourhood, so you'll know what to do once you encounter more elusive creatures in the future.

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Patagonian Puma

The Patagonian puma is an elusive creature. The population is now beginning to revive thanks to various protective measures. Still, it remains one of the most sought-after spectacles in Patagonia, and wildlife spotters travel far and wide in search of this shy but stunning feline.

Guanaco

Patagonia is home to a huge population of guanacos: fast and agile camelids related to the domesticated llama. Guanacos are one of the largest wildland mammals in South America. They roam in herds comprising one dominant male with his females and their young. Bachelors, however, form their own separate herds, often much larger than the mixed groups.

Hairy Armadillo

The Patagonian hairy armadillo is one of the largest and most common armadillos in South America. The hairy armadillo is an incredible digger and uses all four limbs in a coordinated manner to burrow deep into the ground. It feeds on insects, worms, maggots and plant roots, and is mostly nocturnal. Patagonia is also home to the dwarf armadillo, or pichi, a small armadillo that hibernates during winter months.

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Elephants

The elephants move across the Serengeti area in large herds during the migration season. The best national park to see the elephants in their glory is Tarangire National Park. It is said to have the biggest population of elephants in Tanzania.

Leopard

It is the leopard’s stealth and patience that sets them apart from the other big cats of the African bush. The best place to see them in their natural habitat is the Serengeti.

Banded Mongoose

Banded Mongoose is also called a Mungos mungo (aka “the African animal so nice, they named it twice”). Pack life is important to these small carnivores, which live in groups of roughly 20 animals and sleep together at night in underground dens. All the pack members take care of the pups, the mothers suckle each other’s offspring indiscriminately, and each young pup has an adult “escort” that catches prey for it.

African Hoopoe

These elegant birds can be spotted in the Ngorongoro Crater fairly regularly. The hoopoe has a very gracious and charming character that makes them stand out amongst other birds. If alerted, it raises its distinctive crown, making it even more special to look at.

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Teddy Wallace

Photography Expert at Safari Argentina Exploration Studio

Safari Argentina is small enough to care and provide you with personalized service. You can choose specific regions where you want to go, depending on the animals you want to document. Your wishes and desires are important to us since we consider everyone who travels with us our personal guest.