The Truth About Wildlife Photography

I'm a landscape photographer who knows that to take great photos you must put in the work. And even then, you might still go home empty-handed a lot of the time. As this video by Gareth Leonard shows, wildlife photographers might have an even more difficult job.

In this documentary-style video, he joins a group of wildlife photographers on their quest to photograph coastal wolfs in remote British Colombia. The intro already suggests that this trip didn't go as planned. Unlike other videos that often don't deliver on the teaser, Leonard doesn't exaggerate at the beginning.

In the video, you'll learn the meaning of being an "ethical" wildlife photographer and the preparation, patience, and work it involves. As with landscape photography, disappointment and frustration are emotions you must deal with regularly when out in the field.

This type of wildlife photography is more about studying and understanding the visited ecosystems than getting the shot. Plus, it helps if you know a lot about animal poo, for which the photographers in the video have quite a passion. 

The video may be longer than the average YouTube video, but it remains engaging and informative throughout. And if you're also interested in the truth about landscape photography, you can check the article I wrote on that topic some time ago.

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Michael Breitung is a freelance landscape and travel photographer from Germany. In the past 10 years he visited close to 30 countries to build his high quality portfolio and hone his skills as a photographer. He also has a growing Youtube channel, in which he shares the behind the scenes of his travels as well as his knowledge about photo editing.

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