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+$Behind the Lens: Preparing to Take Photos on a Wildlife Tour

  • 日期+$27 August 2009
  • 作者世界自然基金会旅游经理Elissa Leibowitz Poma
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+$The first in an occasional series about nature and wildlife photography.

+$One of the biggest shames that professional photographer Steve Morello sees time and time again on nature tours is a traveler forgetting—accidentally or intentionally—to pack a camera charger.

+$“I’ve seen many travelers purposely not bring their battery chargers because they assumed someone else on the trip would have the same camera and bring one,” says Morello, a World Wildlife Fund contributing photographer. “They feel like their whole trip is ruined, and everyone else is feeling bad for them.”

+$Shirts, shoes and shavers always make it into a suitcase, but does the casual photographer give enough forethought to his or her camera and accessories when planning a trip? For many travelers, the answer is no. Yet at the end of a trip, photographic evidence of your adventures becomes the most important and lasting souvenir of a tour.

+$Based on his years of experience shooting wildlife all over the world and leading nature tours, Morello offers the following tips to help get ready for a WWF tour:

+$Start preparing right after you sign up for a trip.+$Review the itinerary and go online to read about what others have seen and have shot. Look at+$WWF’s Website+$tourism Websites+$to see composed photos by professional photographers. Read about the history of a place. “The more information you have, the better equipped you will be to get that special moment,” Morello says.

+$Practice using your camera around the house for two weeks before a trip.+$Just because there are no elephants or orangutans to model for you before going to婆罗洲+$doesn’t mean you can’t take valuable practice shots before a tour. Re-familiarize yourself with your camera settings; everyone can benefit from a refresher, especially if they don’t use the camera frequently. Shoot flora in the backyard. Take photos in low-light conditions indoors or during sunset to practice using the flash appropriately in the rain forest.

+$Pack items to protect and clean your camera.+$Morello’s must-bring favorites include a super-absorbent camp towel cut into small squares for cleaning lenses (and lenses only – it’s one packable item that should not serve double duty); an infant ear syringe to act as a “blower” to clean dust from cameras; plastic bags, rubber bands and a bandana to keep rain or dust from infiltrating a camera; and an elastic-band shower cap to cover lens. Those are especially important for dusty destinations, such as Africa.

+$If you own a good lens, bring it.+$Do this even if it means sacrificing a little space in your luggage, Morello says. “Travelers always say, ‘I have a better lens but I didn’t want to bring it’,” he explained. “I find that they always regret it.” Also, by understanding the destination, you’ll know the most appropriate size lens to bring. A 200mm lens or shorter is good for the加拉帕戈斯+$, for example, because you can get closer to birds than, say in伯利兹

+$Don’t be intimidated if you don’t own the so-called perfect equipment.+$“Especially on nature tours, people often think of photograph equipment in terms of its limitations, not potential,” he explained. If you see a lion on safari in坦桑尼亚+$, for instance, don’t fret that your lens isn’t powerful enough to get a close-up shot of the big cat’s face; a photo of the lion’s entire body and surroundings can make as compelling a photo. “It goes both ways – many times I’ll have a 500 millimeter lens and the scene changes, but I don’t have time to change my lens. I might have to miss the shot I wanted.”

+$Avoid the silly mistakes.+$Morello said he’s seen his fair share of them. Some other tips: If you think you will need two memory cards, bring four—and make sure all of them are empty. Take advantage of the availability of electricity (in the cabin of your+$Baja California+$cruise ship at night, for instance, or when generators are running at a+$Kenyan Safari+$camp) so that you go out each morning with a full set of fully charged batteries.

+$See Steve Morello’s nature photography

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