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Getting started in wildlife photography: favorite guides and impressions.

I am now three months into owning a telephoto lens (200-500mm) for the purpose of photographing wildlife and I have learned a lot. I am also stronger, because carrying that thing around is … something. I did not start out wanting to photograph birds, but even if you are not interested in birds in the slighest, they are a great animal to practice on because birds are super hard and yet everywhere and so avaliable without travel. So if you can take good photos of birds, well, you will be set. Given that, though, once I started noticing birds, well, I noticed them everywhere and now I am interested in birds. This was totally unexpected.

These are some of the guides that I thought were helpful for getting started on this topic, both because they covered the animal behavior aspect as well as some of the technical aspects of how to get the camera to capture the animal’s image in a way that is desireable.

My short TIL-style photography notes are here: /til/til-photography/.

Items or practices that have helped a great deal are:

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