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8 Things to Pack for a Wildlife Shoot

Whether it is a one-day shoot or a week-long wildlife trek, packing the right items for the trip is as important as the shoot itself. From the right lens, extra batteries, and backup SD cards, to a sturdy tripod and proper cleaning kit, make sure you pack the following to make your animal wildlife photography adventure a successful one.

Preparation is one of the keys to a successful photoshoot. Make sure you check everything on this list before heading out on your wildlife photography shoot.

1. Camera - EOS R

This full-frame interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera is the first of its kind to incorporate the RF lens mount, while remaining packed with high-performance capabilities in a compact body.

2. Lens - RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM

Ideal for speedy focusing to capture those fast-moving wildlife animals. With its Image Stabilisation of up to 5 shutter stops, you may not even need a tripod to get pin-sharp images.

3. Batteries

Take enough fully charged batteries for your time spent out in the wild photographing animals to ensure your camera does not go flat.

4. Memory Cards

Shooting in RAW format gives you more flexibility when it comes to post-processing, but it also takes up more memory space. Be sure to bring as many extra SD cards as you think you’ll need, and keep them in a SD card storage box, as SD cards can easily be misplaced.

5. Camera Strap

Prevent accidental slips (because repairs can be costly) by strapping your camera around your neck.

6. Cleaning Kit

Dust, sand, and water may dirty your lens when out in the wild, so bring along a lens blower and microfiber lens cleaning cloth to clean it whenever necessary. 

7. Tripod

If you are a bird photographer, you will know that it often involves waiting around for hours for the perfect shot. Bring a sturdy tripod to keep your camera steady for long periods.

8. Other necessities

Wear comfortable clothes, binoculars, a hat and sunblock to protect you from the sun, and Ziploc bags to keep your equipment dry during wet weather conditions.

 

Download a copy of this guide here and share it with your friends.

For more information on capturing birdlife, read How to Get a Great Slow Shutter Shot of Wild Birds. If you are looking to get back to the basics of wildlife photography, read 5 Ways to Practise Your Wildlife Photography.

Take some tips from the professionals with this article 3 Techniques From Professional Photographers, and learn how to photograph the interaction between wildlife and humans with this special article: Photographing Mongolia Nomads and Eagle Hunters.

 

 


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