Fine-art, wildlife, and conservation photographer David Yarrow is on a tier of his own. Watch this video to learn some of Yarrow's methods and techniques to shooting in the wild.
Yarrow is a world-renowned, award-winning British photographer famous for his images of wildlife, landscapes, and indigenous communities. When shooting wildlife in particular, he is known for getting close to the subject rather than shooting from far away with a telephoto lens, which is one aspect that sets his work apart from others.
Right off the bat in the beginning of the video, Yarrow makes a strong statement about shooting wildlife which I think can be applied to any form of photography. "I think a mistake a lot of wildlife photographers make is they go on a trip without any specific ideas of what kind of African animals they'll be shooting," said Yarrow. "For me you choose the animal and then know where you'll go to shoot the animal." What this photographer is referring to is having an intention before you click the shutter. Having an intention behind your images — in other words having an idea of what you want to shoot, how you want to shoot it, and the way you want the final image to look — can help strengthen your work and give you more direction when heading into the field. Plus, having an intention can help save you time and money during shoots when these two aspects are limited.
Watch the video above to hear more helpful tips and insight from David Yarrow.