Mastering the art of wildlife photography does take a long time. While in the process of learning the in’s and out’s of wildlife photography, being inspired by other photographers work is an excellent way to move forward.
There is nothing wrong with recreating images
If you see a photo that you wish you’d taken it, go out there and try to do something similar. It might be a particular image composition, a certain colouring, a special subject or technique. The most important point is, that you try to create something for your own.
Getting out there shooting wildlife is the, of course, best way to becoming really good at what you’re doing. But it’s also only a part of the truth. What do you do when you aren’t in nature with your camera?
Actively seek out other wildlife photographers. Follow them on Instagram, Facebook or their blogs. Follow their work, get in contact, share thoughts. As wildlife photography enthusiasts it has never been easier to find like minded people. With the help of the internet and social media, we can connect ourselves to a large network of other wildlife photographers.
We’ve put together a list of 6 places you will find inspiration to take your wildlife photography to the next level:
Instagram is a fantastic platform for photographers. The image and video based social media platform is one of the best places to be inspired by other wildlife photographers. In 2017, Instagram is the place to be. In need of some fantastic wildlife photographers on Instagram to follow? We’ve got you covered with the Perspective Wild Instagram Big Five, where we curate 5 fantastic wildlife photography accounts each week. Start right here with Week 01!
500px is a huge photo community with members from all over the world. You can spend hours on scrolling through tons of amazing wildlife images! If you’re not already a member, we strongly recommend to sign up right now.
It’s still the biggest social network there is. There are loads of dedicated Wildlife Photography Groups, and Wildlife Photographers with fan pages you can follow and connect with.
There are some good reasons for investing in some photo books. Printed photographs have a very distinct feeling. We tend to have our whole body of work on a hard drive, but prints open up a whole new dimension. A good place to start are the annually published books of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award. The portfolio of the award-winning photos is a goldmine for inspiration. You can also scroll through them on your computer screen, but the print version is so much more inspiring.
5. Think outside the box
Wildlife Photography is not the only form of photography. This might sound obvious, but sometimes we can find ourselves too locked in. Becoming blind to everything else. Be inspired by the pioneers and masters of photography, be curious. Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Annie Leibovitz, Steve McCurry, Jimmi Nelson; the list could go on and on. If some or all of these names are new to you, you are in the lucky position to see them with a fresh set of eyes! Take your time and become familiar with photographs that shaped the world and made history. We promise your love for photography will be even stronger than it already was, and it’ll eventually bring your wildlife photography to the next level.
6. Perspective Wild
It seems like you already found a place to find inspiration! Thank you for being with us, we appreciate it and hope we can be of any help!
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