Make the most of extreme weather

Wildlife photography often means being outside in all weathers and conditions in order to document and showcase the wildlife that we love to work with. But being outside can pose a number of issues, for us, our equipment and, of course, the picture-taking process. Below are a host of tips to help you make the most of bad conditions.

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Use a hide to get closer to wildlife

As a wildlife photographer, getting close to subjects is a key part of the job and sooner or later you’ll discover that sometimes we need a little more than just great tracking skills to get the shots we want. Hides give us the ability to conceal ourselves from our subjects and blend into an environment for close-up image that often wouldn’t be possible any other way.

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Learn to be a more ethical wildlife photographer

As wildlife photographers there’s a lot to consider. From lenses to cameras, backpacks to bokeh, there are so many things that go into making a great natural world image. But before we get into all that over the next 12 blogs, we need to address one of the most important issues facing us today - ethical conduct.

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Use bokeh to emphasise subjects and remove distractions

Photographers love to rave about bokeh, that dreamy out-of-focus nothingness that creates pleasing backgrounds, emphasising subjects while removing distractions. I won’t lie, I’m a big fan of bokeh too and over the last few years have worked intensively with shallow depth-of-field in my wildlife photography. Bokeh is a great way to produce perfect portraits, but there are a few things to think about if you want those clean and simple shots.

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Select the best AF modes for static and moving subjects

One of the most important aspects of photography is focusing. It allows us to guide the viewer’s eye around the frame, and include and exclude certain pictorial elements. When working with moving subjects focusing can also be one of the trickiest elements to master. Even with modern cameras boasting some of the fastest and most accurate AF systems ever, understanding and knowing how to get the best out of them is an essential skill for the serious wildlife photographer.

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Wildlife in October - the practical photographer's guide

Surrounded by water, our little island is an amazing location for marine life and one species that’s doing so well in UK waters is the grey seal. Ahead of the pupping season, October is a great time to catch up with these wonderful mammals around our shores for some top wildlife photography opportunities.

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Wildlife in September - the practical photographer's guide

Autumn is always an exciting time for wildlife photographers. Gorgeous light, shorter days and some fantastic natural events all come together for some super image-taking opportunities. Our favourite is the deer rut and this month is the perfect time to head out after these mammals.

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Wildlife in August - the practical photographer's guide

Kingfishers need no introduction. A bird that’s top of many photographers list, August is a great time to head out in search of them in your local area. Stunning in colour, with fantastic behaviour and feeding traits, they’re a true pleasure to spend time photographing. Here are a few tips for tracking them down in your local area.

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Wildlife in July - the practical photographer's guide

With the natural world bustling with life, July is a super time to get out and about with your camera in hand. This month it’s all about red foxes, one of the UK’s most charismatic mammals, and one that’s very often busy feeding cubs at this time of year.

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Wildlife in June - the practical photographer's guide

Summer means seabirds, and June is the perfect time to get thinking about photographing these wonderful summer residents. In the UK we are spoiled for choice – from auks to gannets, kittiwakes to fulmars, the British Isles has a stunning array of species to get to grips with. Found all around our coastline, there are numerous sites to head to in search of your subjects and produce some stunning images.

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Wildlife in May - the practical photographer's guide

The sun has finally made itself known over the last few weeks. It’s even been possible to go out without a coat on! This month it’s all about gearing up for macro and getting out to shoot bluebells and other smaller critters.

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Wildlife in April - the practical photographer's guide

With the weather finally warming up and fresh green vegetation starting to appear, spring is certainly taking hold. This month head out in search of water voles and kestrels to get his wildlife photography fix.

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Wildlife in March - the practical photographer's guide

With winter coming to a close (not that it ever really got started), it's time to look forward to spring and its photographic delights, as the natural world starts to reawaken from a few months of slumber. This month we're looking at the amazing brown hare.

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Wildlife in February - the practical photographer's guide

With winter truly in swing, February often provides some wonderful photographic pleasures, the slightly longer days gifting some gorgeous low winter sun that can be perfect for a spot of wildlife photography both close to home and further afield. This month we're getting out and shooting grey herons locally and sanderlings on the coast.

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Wildlife in January - the practical photographer's guide

Once the festivities of Christmas are over, January provides a much needed break from all the hustle, bustle and stress, making it the perfect time to focus on some wildlife photography. This month we're planning for snow and heading out in search of one of the UK’s most charismatic raptors, the red kite.

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Wildlife in December - the practical photographer's guide

With the weather slowly turning colder and the forecast set for a hard winter, it’s a fantastic time to get out in search of some wonderful subjects for wildlife photography across the UK. Here are two of the best subjects to look out for this winter.

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Wildlife in November - the practical photographer's guide

Late autumn and early winter is a great time to head out and look for fabulous fungi and magical starling murmurations.

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