Wildlife Photography and Ecotourism
Are you fascinated with birds and other wildlife – their colors and diversity, their amazing and amusing behaviours? Do you travel to see national parks, natural habitats, scenic wonders and exotic plants and animals in Canada and abroad? Would you like to improve your ability to capture these memories with your digital camera? This course will help you do that.
Designed for amateur photographers who already have a digital camera and are knowledgeable about how to use it, this course focuses on enhancing existing skills specifically to capture better wildlife and landscape images, whether you shoot at the bird feeder in your backyard or journey to the ends of the earth. Students should have a DSLR camera or an advanced “bridge” or “point & shoot” camera with lenses that offer both wide-angle and telephoto shooting capability.
Wildlife shooting is one of the most challenging types of photography there is, requiring the ability to capture elusive and skittish subjects and fast, unpredictable behaviour, often in low light. The photographer must rapidly and constantly assess and juggle camera settings and environmental conditions to obtain the best results. This course will provide knowledge and tools that will help you do that.
Topics to be covered include:
- The unique challenges of wildlife photography: fast and uncooperative subjects; unpredictable and uncontrollable environments and shooting conditions; demands on camera and lenses
- Equipment considerations and camera features that help you capture wildlife, understanding camera settings, composition and environment factors with wildlife shooting in mind
- Shooting techniques that enhance wildlife photography
- How understanding wildlife behaviour can increase your chances of a good shot.
- Ethical behaviour and safety when shooting wildlife and natural areas
- Nearby locations in southern Ontario to shoot wildlife – where and when
- Wildlife/ecotravel photo trips (e.g. Newfoundland, BC, Costa Rica, Africa, Antarctica, Australia) – how they compare with general tours
- Travelling with your camera – the challenges and hazards of airports, hotels, boats & electricity
This course will be offered in 4 parts. Week 1 will consist of approximately 2.5 hours of video which you will review at your leisure. These videos will provide the content of the course. On Saturday, October 23, 2021 between 1pm-2:30pm, there will be a 1.5 hour question and answer period with the instructor which will allow you to ask any questions you might have and to discuss the content. Week 2 will be a repeat of Week 1 with approximately 2.5 hours of video released on the Monday for you to review at your leisure. On Saturday, October 30, 2021 between 1pm-2:30pm, there will be a second 1.5 hour question and answer period with the instructor.
- Samantha Perritt