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04/07/2015 06:47:34 AM · #1
How can I earn through wildlife photography? As we all know this is a very expensive field of photography because of camera gear & trip expenses. Please Help...
04/07/2015 08:39:53 AM · #2
This is the 3rd time you have asked this same question in 2 months. Post to one of your original threads if you want to add more instead of starting another duplicate.
04/07/2015 10:11:33 AM · #3
It's easy...

Step 1 - take awesome pictures of wildlife
Step 2 - find someplace to sell them
Step 3 - make a living some other way related to your photography

There are some subparts to each of those steps, but that's the gist of it. There is lots of advice on the Internet, and in books about step 1.

Step 2, you're going to have to figure out yourself. The bottom has fallen out of the traditional places for wildlife photographers to sell their wares, so you're going to have to create your own market. My suggestion would be, if you live somewhere where this is possible, to make prints, and find a venue to sell prints to tourists in your local area.

Step 3 has several options. You can work with tour companies to take tourists out in the field to shoot (which implies that you are accomplished enough to help the tourists with their own photography). You can give workshops, but to do that, you need to be a recognized expert in the field. Or you can work in a camera store, if there is one left in your area.
04/07/2015 11:13:55 AM · #4
thank you very much.... :)
04/07/2015 12:18:40 PM · #5
I looked at one of your other threads and you have been given all the required information. There really is nothing else anyone can provide you with. I looked at your photos over at 500px and I will have to say you have a long way to go if that is the quality of your photos. None of your animal photos are sharp, they are all a little soft......which is probably a result of your lens and lack of experience. Until you can produce stunning results I recommend getting out and shooting as much as you possibly can and invest in better gear (most importantly lenses) as you can. After a while you can start looking at making some money from it.

Practice on zoo animals (like you have been) to get things like exposure, composition, basic camera settings (noticed in your shots you have the shutter speed way to low for the focal length you are shooting) under control. Then move on to real wild animals, which if you have no experience in just observing and getting close (not even talking about photographing here, just basic woodsmen ability), you will have a huge learning curve.

Sorry to say but just looking at the 15 photos and your gear, you are very far away from making money as a wildlife photographer. Hell, you don't even have a photograph of a wild animal posted online. I am not the greatest wildlife photographer, but I am pretty good at it and I earn very little from my wildlife photography (I do need to try more tho and could probably make a little more then I do). Here is a link to my website to give you an idea of what you need work towards: Wildlife

Ronnie
04/07/2015 01:09:21 PM · #6
Originally posted by Kobba:

I looked at one of your other threads and you have been given all the required information. There really is nothing else anyone can provide you with. I looked at your photos over at 500px and I will have to say you have a long way to go if that is the quality of your photos. None of your animal photos are sharp, they are all a little soft......which is probably a result of your lens and lack of experience. Until you can produce stunning results I recommend getting out and shooting as much as you possibly can and invest in better gear (most importantly lenses) as you can. After a while you can start looking at making some money from it.

Practice on zoo animals (like you have been) to get things like exposure, composition, basic camera settings (noticed in your shots you have the shutter speed way to low for the focal length you are shooting) under control. Then move on to real wild animals, which if you have no experience in just observing and getting close (not even talking about photographing here, just basic woodsmen ability), you will have a huge learning curve.

Sorry to say but just looking at the 15 photos and your gear, you are very far away from making money as a wildlife photographer. Hell, you don't even have a photograph of a wild animal posted online. I am not the greatest wildlife photographer, but I am pretty good at it and I earn very little from my wildlife photography (I do need to try more tho and could probably make a little more then I do). Here is a link to my website to give you an idea of what you need work towards: Wildlife

Ronnie


Loved your image of the otter until I looked more closely. A tad Grisly. (But seriously, great shot.)
04/07/2015 02:55:38 PM · #7
Originally posted by Jules1x:

Loved your image of the otter until I looked more closely. A tad Grisly. (But seriously, great shot.)


Thank you. I think of it as pure nature then grisly myself.
04/07/2015 04:35:56 PM · #8
Lovely shots Kobba - only one quibble with the layout - all of your wildlife are animals, by definition. You might consider a different name for that category. :)

Also, the bird does have a sharpening halo on your site too. ;-)

Message edited by author 2015-04-07 16:36:40.
04/07/2015 05:21:59 PM · #9
Originally posted by Cory:

Lovely shots Kobba - only one quibble with the layout - all of your wildlife are animals, by definition. You might consider a different name for that category. :)

Also, the bird does have a sharpening halo on your site too. ;-)


You are correct, thanks and have fixed it. Did not realize that my normal sharpening on output caused that, must have to do with the extreme difference in brightness.

Thanks, but I like the way I have it. I use wildlife to separate from zoo or domestic "animals". As I photograph more types of wildlife I will change up my categories, I use "animals" under my "wildlife" gallery as a Misc gallery or animals I do not have enough photographs of to have a separate gallery.

And last but not least, thank you for complement about my photos.

Ronnie
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