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7 Tips for How to Take Stunning Wildlife Photos

Taking photos of wildlife can be a very rewarding experience. And as we have pointed out in the past, a cruise in the Tracy Arm Fjord will expose you to some of Alaska’s wildlife such as its bears, sheep, Moose, eagles and of course several whale species. So whether you shooting wildlife for a profession or just want to share your pics with friends on social media, our seven tips are guaranteed to improve your wildlife photography skills and help you get the most out of yourTracy Arm inlet in Alaska trip.

  • Choose a good camera: A cheap camera will fall prey to the elements more easily than one that is designed for shooting out of doors. The best choices you can make when it comes to capturing the wildlife of Alaska are SLRs and mirror-less cameras. These cameras offer many professional level models that are weather resistant and they can accept several lens types.
  • Use a long lens: Speaking of lens types, you are not likely to be able to come within arm’s length of whales, bears or other wild animals in Alaska so it is wise to use a long lens to capture these creatures. With a DSLR camera, use a zoom lens with a focal length of at least 200mm. This way you will be able to photograph animals that will likely prefer to keep their distance from you.
  • Don’t use a flash: You are not likely to need extra light given how light will be reflecting off of the snow and ice of the region. In fact, you may wish to use a filter.
  • Protect yourself and your gear from the elements: Don’t be so eager to capture nature that you neglect to protect yourself and your gear from the elements. The animals you are likely to encounter on your cruise are far better suited for the Alaskan environment than either you or your equipment will be.
  • Use the right settings: If you are shooting an animal that moves around quickly or a lot you will need to choose a fast shutter speed. Otherwise, you may get a blurry photo. For slower moving animals, a shutter speed of 1/1000 seconds should do the trick.
  • Learn about the animals you’re shooting: Expert wildlife photographers take the time and effort to learn all they can about their subjects before photographing them. This gives them the edge on knowing when and where they are likely to appear and how they will behave.
  • Be patient: As a human observer you will be totally at the will of the animal you are trying to photograph. They are not performers. They will appear when and where they wish to.

Finally, the best advice we can give you when you are on one of our tours is to enjoy yourself and try to be in the moment. Our cruises are a once in lifetime kind of adventure. We look forward to seeing you and hope you are prepared to take some awesome pictures when you arrive.