Basics of Wildlife Photography

with Rob Daugherty

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What you will learn:


Basics of Wildlife Photography
Class 1:
  • The differences in wildlife photography
  • Best Gear
  • Cameras
  • Kit lenses - yay or nay?
  • Key supplies
  • Budget to get started
  • Animal etiquette

Class 2:
  • Lighting, time of day
  • Best places, Favorites
  • Time vs. location
  • Understanding your subject
  • Photographer behavior 

Class 3:
  • Example of shooting
  • Exercising patience
  • The life of a photographer
  • Camera settings
  • Raw vs jpeg - why.

Getting serious
Class 4:
  • Light
  • Difficult Conditions
  • Seasons (knowing your animal)
  • Right & Wrong Pics
  • How to find animals in your area

Class 5:
  • Example of shooting
  • How to read the signals
  • Safety
  • How to be resourceful

Class 6
  • How to be prepared!
  • Getting serious
  • Going alone?
  • Extra gear

Post-Production and The Business
Class 7
  • Post-Production
  • Storage
  • Folder structure
  • USB drivers
  • Selling your pictures

Class 8
  • Printing your pictures
  • 5-min photo correction process
  • Lightroom
  • Levels
  • The importance of Watermarks
  • What to do if your photo gets stolen
  • Hipping (insurance)
  • Follow up on sales

Class 9:
  • How to sell
  • Galleries
  • Tradeshows
  • Networking
  • Pricing
  • Advertising
  • Social Media

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About the course

During this content packed course we'll show you how to become a wildlife photographer. You'll learn how to determine the best time of day to photograph wildlife, different perspectives and different angles, how to position yourself ahead of the animal, how to use a beanbag to shoot from the car, discovering the behavior and habits of your animal, when to apply and when not to apply the rule of thirds, how to exercise patience, how to position yourself for the best light, understanding different focal lengths for different effects, sharper image farther away vs unsharp blurry close up, what I did to capture this image, back button focus strategy, the impact of the background, how to always focus on the eyes, how to capture the Motion experiment with different shutter speeds ...and much more!

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Time table:
9 hours

Basic / Intermediate / Advanced

Target market:
Photography enthusiasts and professional photographers

Main objective:
Show how to become a wildlife photographer and how to become great at it! From scouting locations, finding your animals, shooting your pics, and selling!

Have basic knowledge of photography.

About the instructor

Rob Daugherty

Born in Hood River, Oregon in 1962, Rob Daugherty has always been very involved with animals and nature making photography a priority in his life. His employment in Law Enforcement with the Federal Fisheries Agency on the Columbia River gave him the opportunity to view wildlife from land, sea and air further inspiring him to capture the landscapes and wildlife that he encountered on a daily basis in the two states of his jurisdiction. From photographing Bald Eagles in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge to the landscapes of the Oregon coastline and capturing the wildlife of the breathtaking Mt Hood National Forest, Rob laid the foundation for what would become his life’s passion.

As Rob explored his photography skills in his free time, his career in law enforcement opened another door for him. While at the shooting range one day, he found that frequent trips to the car for ammo and other items was taking away from his concentration and valuable time. He states “I realized at the time that I needed a way to carry my stuff with me.” So he went home and designed his first vest on his kitchen table, shared the prototype with a police supply company in Portland, Oregon, jokingly asking how many they wanted, and promptly took his first order of 25 vests, launching his career in a new direction.

“To this day, conservation and protection of our wildlife and nature remains a vital part of who I am.” – Rob Daugherty

After moving to Northern Utah in 2005, Rob was inspired by the large number of wildlife photography opportunities available within short distances of his North Salt Lake home. With several state and National parks in close proximity to his home, Rob has honed his skills to include the capturing of his subjects in their most vulnerable moments. From the delivery of a Bison calf which must be able to stand and join the herd within less than an hour of birth so as not to be left behind to witnessing a mother bear teaching her cubs to forage for means of survival. He has developed a great sense of patience in waiting for that “One Shot” that will leave you with a deep appreciation for nature and all of its wonders. His greatest inspiration is driven by his love for both Yellowstone and Teton National Parks which he travels to more than 15 times each year in addition to dozens of other State and National Parks.

As an international photographer, Rob has experienced places and cultures that have humbled him and instilled in him an even greater appreciation for the world in which we live. His international travels include: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and China.

His frequent trips to our nation’s most picturesque National Parks include Yellowstone, the Tetons, Arches, Zion, Canyonlands, Bryce, and Capitol Reef, as well as numerous state parks, wildlife refuges and bird sanctuaries.

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