Despite many advances in technology over the past couple of decades, wildlife photography remains a somewhat enigmatic hobby that no one can seem to truly master. Furthermore, it’s one thing to take pictures of birds and other critters in your neck of the woods, but wildlife photography in Alaska is a whole different animal. The good news is that you don’t have to be an expert to take decent pictures; you just need a little bit of knowledge to help you figure out the basics. Although fishing is one of the primary reasons guests visit Favorite Bay Lodge, there are plenty of other things to do at our Alaskan luxury lodge, and wildlife photography is near the top. Whether it’s whale watching, hiking, or merely exploring Admiralty Island, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to hone your wildlife photography skills in one of the best places in the world to do so.
Wildlife Photography Tips and Tricks with Favorite Bay Lodge
We don’t want you to overthink the prospect of wildlife photography in Alaska. But the most important thing to consider is that it may be quite sometime before your next adventure, so we implore you to maximize your efforts this time around. To help you make the most of your Alaska vacation, we put together three general guidelines that will point you in the right direction.
Think Outside the Box
There are several unofficial rules of the craft that undoubtedly lend themselves to captivating imagery. Still, the best photographers are willing to bend the rules to bring their perspectives to life. For instance, the rule of thirds implies that subjects shouldn’t be dead center, but what if the animal is a different color than the others around it? The best practice is to try to tell a story without words.
There are few things you’ll want to research to capture the most authentic pictures. First, learn about the animals you wish to photograph. The more you know about their antics and behaviors, the better you’ll be able to predict their actions. Secondly, you’ll want to do a little on-site research to understand the local lighting and learn the best times of the day for a particular photo. By scouting the area ahead of time, you’ll know how the shadows fall and the best nearby vantage points.
Know How to Use a Tripod
It may seem like a no-brainer to use a tripod, but you’d be surprised at how many people become flustered in the moment and end up missing the perfect shot. Although they can be cumbersome, tripods offer the most effective way to track and follow wildlife without having to hold your camera. Knowing how to use a tripod also means knowing when not to use one. In other words, don’t feel like you have to use a tripod for every picture, especially if you find it slowing you down.
Luxury Lodging and All-Inclusive Resorts in Alaska
From foraging bears to unique marine animals, Admiralty Island has an abundance of wildlife photography opportunities around every corner. But the only way to find out is to make your way here! For more information or to book your stay, please visit us online or call 866-788-3344.