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.

  • Wildlife watch: hedgehogs

    Wildlife watch: hedgehogs

    August 12, 2016

    Paul Hobson explains why the hedgehog, that large prickly ball that snuffles through the undergrowth, makes a great subject

  • How to shoot sharp like a pro

    How to shoot sharp like a pro

    August 12, 2016

    Leading landscape and wildlife photographer Guy Edwardes talks to Geoff Harris about how to make blur and camera shake a thing of the past

  • Wildlife watch: Kingfishers

    Wildlife watch: Kingfishers

    July 24, 2016

    With their bright blue-and-orange plumage, it’s easy to see why kingfishers make such great photographic subjects, says Andrew Mason

  • Essential guide to underwater photography

    Essential guide to underwater photography

    July 11, 2016

    Whether you’re setting out to capture lush coral formations deep underwater or looking for a simple waterproof compact you can take snorkelling, our guide to underwater photography has you covered.

  • Wildlife watch: avocets

    Wildlife watch: avocets

    May 26, 2016

    The avocet, the symbol of the RSPB, is a true conservation success story and a great photographic subject, as David Tipling reveals

  • Photographing spring lambs

    Photographing spring lambs

    April 19, 2016

    The lambing season runs from late winter to early spring, so head out now and you should have no problem finding some lambs to photograph.

  • Photographing wildlife by studying animal behaviour

    Photographing wildlife by studying animal behaviour

    March 24, 2016

    Through his understanding of the natural world, wildlife photographer Elliott Neep is able to get to the heart of his subjects. He talks to Jade Lord about the techniques and methods that allow him to create such engaging images.

  • Wildlife field skills

    Wildlife field skills

    March 10, 2016

    Good field skills are essential, says Paul Hobson, if you want to produce some great photographs of our British wildlife

  • Wildlife watch: photographing waxwings

    Wildlife watch: photographing waxwings

    March 1, 2016

    Waxwings are spectacular birds, thanks to their distinctive markings, and winter is the perfect time to photograph them, says Oscar Dewhurst

  • Photographing the birds of Britain

    Photographing the birds of Britain

    February 29, 2016

    Adrian Clarke has dedicated much of his life to photographing the birds of Britain. He talks to Oliver Atwell about the techniques that help him capture the majestic beauty of these common creatures

  • Top wildlife photography tips and techniques

    Top wildlife photography tips and techniques

    February 12, 2016

    With stunning nature documentaries currently gracing our screens, wildlife photographer and cameraman Luke Massey gives his top tips on getting into wildlife photography

  • How to photograph garden birds

    How to photograph garden birds

    February 5, 2016

    It’s easy to take pictures of birds in your garden, we tell you how to photograph garden birds, and what kit to use.

  • Wildlife Watch: Knot roosts

    Wildlife Watch: Knot roosts

    February 4, 2016

    A knot roost is an impressive spectacle as the birds twist and pulse in the sky. David Tipling offers tips on how to capture it in this Wildlife Watch.

  • Wildlife Watch: Western capercaillie

    Wildlife Watch: Western capercaillie

    January 24, 2016

    In this Wildlife Watch, Andrew Mason writes why photographing capercaillie, a famously shy bird with only a small population in Scotland, is well worth the effort.