Wildlife photography is a type of photography that focuses on capturing different types of wildlife in their natural setting. Wildlife photographers may need field craft skills in addition to photography talents. Some animals and birds, for example, are difficult to approach, necessitating knowledge of the animal’s or bird’s behaviour in order to forecast their activities. For some species, stalking abilities or the use of a hide/blind for concealment may be required.
While certain forms of wildlife can be photographed with basic equipment, others require specialised equipment, such as macro lenses for insects, long focal length lenses for birds, and underwater cameras for marine life. A superb wildlife shot, on the other hand, can necessitate an understanding of animal behaviour.
Due to sluggish lenses and limited sensitivity of photographic media in the early days of photography, photographing wildlife was challenging. Earlier animal photographs were frequently of confined animals. Photographs of lion cubs taken at the Bristol Zoo in 1854 and of the last Quagga by Frank Hayes were among them. In the 1880s, faster photography emulsions and faster shutters made wildlife photography increasingly popular. These developments led to the first photographs of wild birds in action, which were taken by German Ottomar Anschutz in 1884. National Geographic released its first animal photographs in July 1906. George Shiras III, a United States Representative from Pennsylvania, took the images.
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