Wildlife Photography Course
INTRODUCTIONWildlife photography is a genre of photography that focuses on capturing images of wild animals, birds, and other creatures in their natural habitats. Wildlife photographers use their cameras and other equipment to capture the beauty and diversity of the natural world, and to document the behavior and characteristics of different species. This type of photography often requires a high level of skill and patience, as well as a deep knowledge of animal behavior and habitats, in order to capture compelling images that tell a story or convey a sense of the animal’s environment and behavior. Wildlife photography can be used for a variety of purposes, such as education, research, conservation, and personal enjoyment.
OBJECTIVEThe course objectives of a wildlife photography course can vary depending on the specific program and the level of study, but some common objectives may include:
- To introduce students to the basic principles and techniques of wildlife photography, including equipment, composition, lighting, and exposure.
- To develop students’ understanding of animal behavior and habitats, and how to apply this knowledge to capture compelling wildlife images.
- To provide students with hands-on experience in the field, including field trips and assignments that allow them to practice their skills and techniques.
- To teach students about the ethical considerations and conservation issues related to wildlife photography, and how to engage in responsible and sustainable photography practices.
- To encourage students to develop their own style and vision as wildlife photographers, and to develop a personal portfolio of high-quality wildlife images.
- To prepare students for a career in wildlife photography, or to provide a foundation for further study in related fields such as ecology, biology, or conservation.
COURSE CURRICULUMModule 1. Introduction to Wildlife Photography
- Definition and History of Wildlife Photography
- The Role of Wildlife Photography in Conservation
- Different Types of Wildlife Photography
- Cameras and Lenses
- Tripods and Mounts
- Accessories (e.g. Filters, Flash, etc.)
- Clothing and Other Essentials
- Animal Behavior and Movement
- Animal Habitats and Environments
- Safety Tips and Guidelines
- Composition and Framing
- Lighting and Exposure
- Focus and Depth of Field
- Timing and Patience
- Basic Editing Techniques
- Color Correction and Enhancement
- Noise Reduction and Sharpening
- Workflow and Organization
- Responsible Wildlife Photography
- Conservation and Preservation
- Legal and Ethical Considerations
- Field Trips and Assignments
- Critique and Feedback
- Portfolio Development and Presentation
- Business and Marketing Strategies for Wildlife Photographers
- Working as a Freelancer or for an Organization
- Different Fields of Employment (e.g. Photojournalism, Fine Art, Stock Photography)
SOFTWARE/ MATERIALS USED
- Adobe Lightroom
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Premier Pro
- Adobe After Effects (Overview)
- Lectures 0
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 55 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 27
- Assessments Yes