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andrewwhite
10 Jun 2013 - 7:35 PM

I know with getting out and take a photo of birds and other animals you could class yourself as a wildlife photographer ... well I don't think that would be the case - how do you know when you can class yourslef as a wildlife photograpgher? once you will a contest - sell some of you images? spend your days outside looking for new animals to take photos of ...

I have been spending a lot of my spare time trying to get some cool photos of what is around my area ... I am looking for some pointers on what classes you as a wildlife photographer??

Thanks for reading.

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lawbert
lawbert  71713 forum posts England15 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2013 - 7:57 PM

Anyone can class themselves as a wildlife photographer at anytime if they take an image of a subject in its natural habitat rather than a zoo or the like.

The same rules apply as to all genres of photography though...

Composition, balanced exposure, sharpness of image etc

tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95916 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2013 - 7:58 PM

An interesting point Andrew
When folks ask me what I do in my spare time, or when I am on holiday, my answer is that I take photographs of wildlife
Slightly different way of wording it, but it means something a whole lot different

Adrian

andrewwhite
10 Jun 2013 - 8:04 PM

I dont get the vacation time like some ... but my spare time is my lunch hour ... after work on my way home .. not a weekend away doing nothing but taking photos ... I wish for that types of spare time...

lawbert
lawbert  71713 forum posts England15 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2013 - 8:09 PM


Quote: I dont get the vacation time like some ... but my spare time is my lunch hour ... after work on my way home .. not a weekend away doing nothing but taking photos ... I wish for that types of spare time...

Wildlife is 24/7 Andrew...I get little time either...as does Adrian.....you just get on with it and make the most of what youve gotWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkTongueTongue

brrttpaul
brrttpaul  3203 forum posts United Kingdom
10 Jun 2013 - 8:11 PM

Having only owned a camera for two years I,m still on that learning curve. But my main photography is wildlife/birds. Do I call myself a wildlife photographer? the answer would be no. But I would say to people " I enjoy photographing wildlife". I suppose its a bit like football, loads play it at the weekend but theres a big difference between playing for your local pub to being in the premiership.

andrewwhite
10 Jun 2013 - 8:23 PM

I love getting out taking photos of birds and anything else that crosses my path - it has been loads of fun so far - I just wondered what you have to do to class yourself as a wildlife photographer - or is there such a thing anymore?

chrisheathcote
chrisheathcote e2 Member 8241 forum postschrisheathcote vcard United Kingdom
10 Jun 2013 - 8:38 PM

As amateurs, why do we feel the need for labels. I would describe myself as a photography enthusiast who specialises in wildlife and bird, rather than a wildlife photographer. As long as you enjoy what you do, who cares. When asked if I am a photographer, I answer "no I just enjoy taking photographs"

StrayCat
StrayCat e2 Member 1014794 forum postsStrayCat vcard Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2013 - 9:01 PM

It's all nature, isn't it? Since I read John Shaw's books, I would put myself in a category of amateur naturalist; I love taking photos of everything that catches my eye in nature, be it animals, birds, bees, spiders, butterflies, flowers, plants, trees, etc. This time of year I am recording what I see, and later on in the winter, I'll have more time to spend at the computer and my books researching what I have recorded. The research part is just as enjoyable to me as the picture taking, and it helps fill my time, it's what hobbies are all about. I don't need a title to do any of that, and I do it for my own enjoyment. Also, the more we understand about our subjects, the better we can find, and photograph them.

Denny

Last Modified By StrayCat at 10 Jun 2013 - 9:03 PM
alansnap
alansnap e2 Member 10529 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2013 - 9:22 AM

Why don't you look at the rules for some natural history competitions. Basically wildlife is just that - free and unrestricted in its movement. That's the only restriction on entering these competitions. Urban wildlife is still wild, but I suppose that excludes the local bloody moggies whose owners won't control them.
If you insist in labelling yourself then you're a wildlife photographer if you photograph unrestrained animals and birds. Me, I just photograph anything!
Alan

Gundog
Gundog  1624 forum posts Scotland
11 Jun 2013 - 9:35 AM


Quote: An interesting point Andrew
When folks ask me what I do in my spare time, or when I am on holiday, my answer is that I take photographs of wildlife
Slightly different way of wording it, but it means something a whole lot different

Adrian

Yep.

I have a friend who gets a lot of photographs used by angling magazines. But he describes himself as an angler with a camera, rather than a photographer with a fishing rod. There is a difference.

I think of a "wildlife photographer" as someone who makes his/her living from photographing wildlife on a full-time basis. I take a lot of photographs of wildlife but I am still an amateur photographer who includes wildlife amongst the range of subjects he enjoys taking photographs of.

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Last Modified By Gundog at 11 Jun 2013 - 9:40 AM
arhb
arhb e2 Member 72268 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2013 - 10:35 AM

So, if the only genre one photographs is wildlife, even though they don't do it professionally, they are not a wildlife photographer?

At what point is one *allowed* to call themselves a wildlife photographer?

Coventryphotog
Coventryphotog Junior Member 1149 forum posts United Kingdom
11 Jun 2013 - 11:08 AM

We have a collection of over 300k wildlife shots, are we wildlife photographers? If someone asks what do we do we answer, invariably, we are professional librarians Smile

Too many labels, too much snobbery and frankly too much BS around these areas of discussion.

Label as you will, it won't make a jot of difference as to how, what where and when we use our cameras..... I suspect most other peole are the same in this respect.

If you find this discussion interesting you would love the chats we hear between birdwatchers and bird photographers LOL

mikehit
mikehit  56435 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2013 - 12:01 PM

Like many comments here, I wouldn't call myself a 'wildlife photographer' as evidenced by my hit rate. But I have recently had a severe bout of KITS (Kingfisher-Induced Tourettes Syndrome). Fast little buggers.

Coventryphotog
Coventryphotog Junior Member 1149 forum posts United Kingdom
11 Jun 2013 - 12:29 PM

Aren't they just LOL

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