Wildlife Photography

Whether you’re new to wildlife and nature photography or looking to improve your skills, we have plenty of tips and techniques to help you on your way.

We’ll also help you choose the best equipment for wildlife photography, whether you’re simply wondering which focal length to use or are looking for the best camera for wildlife photography too.

For those already kitted out but looking for location ideas, we can also point you in the direction of the best spots to get great wildlife and nature shots.

If you’re a beginner, get started with our tips on creating black and white wildlife photos or learn how to capture great bird shots in your own garden.

Quick wildlife photography tips:

What is the best focal length for wildlife photography?

The best focal length depends on how close you can get to your subject. If you’re forced to keep your distance then a longer focal length will serve you much better, aim for somewhere around the 300mm or 400mm range.

What is the difference between nature and landscape photography?

Landscape photography tends to encompass whole scenes, capturing a much wider view, while nature photography focuses on much smaller elements, such as animals and plants.

  • Get great autumn wildlife shots

    Get great autumn wildlife shots

    September 22, 2020

    From starlings to red deer ruts, top wildlife photographer Oscar Dewhurst shares his essential tips for your best-ever autumn wildlife shots

  • Top tips for achieving sharper wildlife photos

    Top tips for achieving sharper wildlife photos

    March 7, 2020

    One of the biggest challenges in bird, animal and insect photography is focusing, especially with shy, fast-moving creatures. Three experts in the field share their best tips with Geoff Harris

  • Wildlife Watch: wonderful Waterfowl shots

    Wildlife Watch: wonderful Waterfowl shots

    July 22, 2019

    Common waterfowl are often overlooked when looking for a photography project. Tesni Ward shares her tips on how to make the most of these charismatic birds

  • Wildlife watch: Arctic terns

    Wildlife watch: Arctic terns

    June 20, 2019

    Capture Arctic terns during the summer when they are nesting at one of many seabird colonies in the UK, says Oscar Dewhurst

  • Be a more ethical wildlife photographer

    Be a more ethical wildlife photographer

    June 6, 2019

    The welfare of wildlife is far more important than any photograph. Paul Hobson explains all you need to know about the ethics and laws surrounding wildlife photography

  • Owl be back: get great shots of barn owls

    Owl be back: get great shots of barn owls

    June 4, 2019

    Barn owls are popular and photogenic birds; however they are a protected species. Oscar Dewhurst explains how and when to capture them with minimal disturbance

  • Wildlife watch: Red grouse

    Wildlife watch: Red grouse

    April 10, 2019

    The red grouse is a medium-sized game bird that can be found in heather moorland across the UK. Oscar Dewhurst explains how and when to approach these timid birds

  • Wildlife watch: Eiders

    Wildlife watch: Eiders

    March 19, 2019

    The contrasting black and white plumage of eiders can make for challenging exposures. Oscar Dewhurst shares his top tips for how best to photograph these birds

  • Get great shots of winter birds

    Get great shots of winter birds

    December 17, 2018

    With low sunlight, as well as the prospect of frost and snow, winter is a great time to be out looking for birds to photograph, says Oscar Dewhurst

  • Wildlife watch: Hobbies

    Wildlife watch: Hobbies

    September 29, 2018

    Hobbies are agile and extremely quick birds of prey. Photographing them is tricky and takes practice, but the results are very rewarding, as Oscar Dewhurst reveals

  • Tips on how to photograph summer birds

    Tips on how to photograph summer birds

    June 22, 2018

    With long daylight hours and the breeding season in full swing, summer is a great time to hone your bird photography skills, says Oscar Dewhurst

  • Wildlife watch: Nightingales

    Wildlife watch: Nightingales

    April 27, 2018

    These migratory birds arrive in Britain for spring, says Paul Hobson. Once heard, the song of the nightingale is never forgotten

  • Low-light wildlife photography tips

    Low-light wildlife photography tips

    February 23, 2018

    Pushing his equipment to the limit, Ian Plant has mastered the art of low-light wildlife imagery. He reveals the stories behind some of his most successful shots

  • Wildlife Watch: How to photograph stonechats

    Wildlife Watch: How to photograph stonechats

    November 20, 2017

    With their striking dark heads and orange-red breasts, stonechats are beautiful subjects to capture and are easily accessible over the winter, says Oscar Dewhurst