Wild Bird Photography by Steve Oakes

Getting to grips with wildlife photography

EOS 40dIf you are just starting out taking photographs of wildlife then, if you are like I was in the early days, you may well be finding it all a bit frustrating. So much camera jargon to come to terms with, so much choice when it comes to buying cameras and lenses, so much conflicting advice, so many books, etc.... Where do you start to understand it all?

Well there is no substitute for patience, perseverance and, above all, experience. However, in order to help you get started more quickly I've put together a section of this web site to pass on some of my own experience. I'm not saying I'm an expert, as I still have much more to learn but I have already learned a great deal, much of it the hard way, and I would like to share some information about what has worked for me and what hasn't. Hopefully you'll find this both interesting and useful.

In the links below I talk about the history of my own photography, describing the various cameras and lenses and digiscoping gear that I either own or have owned, what I liked about them, what frustrated me about them and the reasons for making these purchases. There is also a brief section that tries to explain in simple terms some of the common camera jargon that you are likely to hear.

Last, but by no means least, I've assembled a small set of tutorials about how to photograph wildlife, covering things such as choosing a camera and lens, getting correct exposure, focusing, field craft and much more. Once again this is all based upon my own personal experience gained since January 2005, when I acquired my first digital SLR camera.


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Camera jargon explained.
My SLR cameras and lenses.
My digiscoping equipment.
Bird photography tutorials.


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