Wildlife Photography Presentation – My Best Techniques

This video is a little different. I was invited to be a keynote speaker for the Chicago Area Photography School and this is the presentation I gave. Yes, it’s long – about 2 1/2 hours – but it’s jam-packed with tips, techniques, and advice.

When I put this presentation together, I chose topics and techniques that have had the biggest impact on my own photography – as well as the photography of those that I’ve coached both online and in workshops.

So, if you have the time, I think you’ll find it worthwhile. Enjoy!

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PS – If you enjoyed this post, I think you’ll REALLY like my e-books and video workshops! Thousands of pages and hours of videos filled with tips, tricks, and techniques – all my best content! Check ’em out – click here (hey, it’s free to look).

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Curt Lewis

Thanks Steve for making this available. I learned some very helpful tips and will definitely put them into use right away. I also wanted to say thanks for looking at a couple of my eagle in flight shots. Your advice on them was spot on and I’ve been able to incorporate your recommendations and the results were very favorable.

Keith Young
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Keith Young

Thank you for this fantastic video. I very much enjoyed listening to all of your helpful tricks on exposures, compositions and focusing. Stay safe.

Alan
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Alan

Really enjoyed watching the video of the workshop. It was filled with tips and ideas that any wildlife photographer can benefit from. As one myself, and having the benefit of living in wildlife-prolific South Africa, I’d like to add a further tip to help. Regularly clean the lens. Winters in more arid regions are dry and dusty and lenses are a dust magnet. Related to this is trying not to change lenses in the field. Spots on the image can result in unnecessary time removing the spots in Lightroom or other editing software.

EDD Jenkins
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EDD Jenkins

Great Presentation!

Michael Van Valkenburg
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I really liked this. Thanks for all the details and little tricks for composition, focus and exposure. Nice job.
A friend told me about your site a couple years ago and your teaching has been very helpful.
I hope you will tackle lightroom editing some day. I know you have a video for noise, but any other ideas would be greatly appreciated. You are an excellent teacher and clearly enjoy it.
Thank you Steve

Nelson
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Nelson

Steve – fantastic video with great tips! Sometimes this is exactly what we need, a return to basics. Great stuff here. Here is a question as I know you regularly use a gimbal. Do you think a wimberley wh200 vii is too much for a zoom such as 150-600, 200-600 with mirrorless full frame? I love how smooth the wimberley is, and don’t think the weight of the head would bother me much. Appreciate your thoughts… Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Pete D
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Pete D

Excellent presentation. You had my attention as soon as you spoke of loving your subjects. This really is true. People sometimes comment that the photographer was lucky to be there for a great shot, which we were, but such luck is also the result of devotion, patience, interest – well, love.

Chris Leach
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Chris Leach

I really enjoyed this presentation. I have two of your books and take in all the content from your site so this was an excellent refresher for some of that content. Doing a presentation of this kind is challenging, especially pitching it at the right level for the audience. Your friendly and accessible attitude comes through and makes me want to join your workshops — alas, can’t afford that, but one day perhaps…..

Thanks for your inspirational ideas and encouragement.

Chris

Barry Byrd
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Outstanding presentation- thanks for posting

Dale Elliott
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Dale Elliott

Thanks again Steve. I have your books and use the all the time, your presentation was great it help to see your examples on the slide show whentalking about the different settings.. thanks Steve

Ann
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Ann

Thank you for sharing.” My techniques”
Very enjoyable & informative.
To date you are the best Photographer that I follow to learn from.
Thank you

Jeff S
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Jeff S

Nice job on your keynote video Steve. As always, lots of good information delivered in a way that is useful and actionable.

Liz C
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Liz C

Great video Steve. So much information and a great compliment to your books. Appreciate you sharing.

Liz C
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Liz C

Really great video. So much information. Great compliment to your books. Thanks for sharing.

Peter Oosthuizen
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Peter Oosthuizen

Really great presentation and well worth the time.Thanks Steve. I have a couple of your books and your noise reduction videos and this complements them very well. I have made notes for an “in the field cheat sheet” that I will put in my bag. Having grown up in film days with a Pentax Spotmatic the ease of use of a modern camera sometimes makes me careless of what experienced digital users probably regard as fundamental. This is also true if one is an eclectic photographer shooting any thing from street, travel, macro, portrait, landscapes and wildlife. I’ve shared this… Read more »

Coy Rahman
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Coy Rahman

This is The BEST video you ever did

Coy Rahman
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Coy Rahman

Yes

Harold FEIERTAG
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Hi Steve, I have purchased a couple of your ebooks and enjoyed them very much. This presentation was less than average. Too much preamble in the beginning. More in-depth details would have been a better fit. for the total length of time, I got one or two tips out of the 2 1/2 hr presentation. You should considerate speaking about when you decide to over or underexpose a shot and what you do in post-processing (Lightroom, etc.).

Jakes
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Jakes

Enjoyed, not yet finished and want to relook. Maybe a topic for discussion in future, how to keep it simple when going on a photographic trip. With the ongoing push of new products onto the market, people get sidetracked by the urge and push to upgrade, get the next new camera or lens and gear becomes so overwhelming that people carry to much gear, they spend so much time fretting over which rig to grab for the next shot that the miss the shots, the opportunity to experience the situation. One of the most difficult decisions today is what to… Read more »

Charlie
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Charlie

Very informative video, especially your views on how to use light and shadow. I was relatively familiar with a lot of the technical tips. One AF tip I picked up somewhere and have used on my D500 is to set two (2) back focus buttons. The AF button is set for single point AF. The joystick is set for Group AF. This enables me to quickly change when needed with the push of a button.

Bill Davis
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Bill Davis

Steve, this was great! As always lots of valuable information presented in a manner that is very easy to understand. Inspiring! A great educator! The most important message was at the beginning,….really care about the animals! Thank you. I have 3 questions; 1. When will you be doing a presentation on capturing birds in flight? 2. Is a video of when, where and how to use multiple focus points on your “to do” list. 3. I am considering a 300mm prime for my Nikon D7500. Can you suggest a brand, etc. for those of us who are not professionals and… Read more »

Bill Welke
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Bill Welke

A terrific video Steve. Thank you for posting a link to it. Very informative and practical. I also appreciate that you address why to do certain things rather than just say do this. I have your e-books, which are also very good and I need to study them more. But this was a very good comprehensive presentation. I am going to forward the link to my photo-friends.

Gary
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Gary

Hi Steve
Very generous, and much appreciated, always helpful
Wishing you a well deserved break and Merry Xmas for you and family
Regards,
Gary

CHRISTIAN SOMMEILLIER
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CHRISTIAN SOMMEILLIER

A little correction: in my mind it was southern Africa instead of western Africa…sorry!

Christian

CHRISTIAN SOMMEILLIER
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CHRISTIAN SOMMEILLIER

Following you, Steve, since a few years on internet, this presentation was for me a good complement, giving me for example many more details on the underside story of some pictures already seen in your other presentations and bringing me to view again your previous videos; even if my native language is not English, your elocution is so perfect that it was very easy for me to catch all the information, bringing me to realize that I would be able to participate at one of your future workshops (western Africa, may be one day…). Again, thank’s a lot for bringing… Read more »

Brandon Wells
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Brandon Wells

Nearly 60 years as a keen photographer and I still learn, or am reminded of something important but mentally mislaid, by your informative and entertaining videos. I admire your work in the field, on videos and in the books . Always, without fail, worth the candle..Thank you Steve

Jim Olsen
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Jim Olsen

Yet another great video! You reminded me of an old photography teacher I had the said something like: ‘When you see the picture you WANT to take, stop and take it. Then move a few feet to the left, right, higher or lower and you will find the shot you NEED to take’….

Bob Panick
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Bob Panick

Thanks for sharing that presentation. I’ve read your books, and watched your videos for quite a while. I still managed to pick up a few things from it. BTW, here’s a trick that a DSLR can’t do but a mirrorless camera can, ok technically a DSLR can but you have to be in Live View mode. If you have a static subject, you can use the magnify function (I have mine mapped to a button) this magnifies the image and you can manually adjust the focus to absolutely positive its perfect. This of course works best on a tripod or… Read more »

Grant King
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Grant King

An outstanding master class for free, thanks Steve

Samir kamat
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Samir kamat

Thank you Steve. As always learnt a lot. Can you suggest locations at Vero beach ? Am traveling there end of the month.

Bill Barcus
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Steve, an outstanding presentation! Yes, it’s a bit long, but any serious wildlife photographer, whether amateur or pro, will absolutely benefit from this session. As a pro and semi-pro for over 35 years, even I learned some new techniques – even an old dog can learn new tricks.

James Gould
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James Gould

Good stuff Steve, well presented as always. Thanks.

Sally Chisholm
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Sally Chisholm

This is an excellent presentation. We have many wildlife photographers in our local camera club so have shared your link. Many thanks for making this available.

Bruce
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Bruce

Steve – with an external recorder like the Atmos ones you can get around the 30 minute record limit of the camera.

Edward Walker
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Edward Walker

Well the video won’t play for me. First time ever but it is frozen at the start. Will try again tomorrow
Edward

Charles
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Charles

Thank you Steve,
Lots of great information as usual. It was a good reminder that hearing/watching your older posts again will still teach us more. I’ve used many of your suggestions, to great advantage, and your talk reminded me to keep other important things in mind while shooting also, foreground background light and dark colors etc.
When you spoke of ‘rule of thirds/golden ratio’ I was reminded of a quote from Picasso I believe, “Learn the rules like a pro so that you can break them like an artist”
Blessings,
Charles

Bryan Johnson
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You surly are amazing Steve…
Not everyone has the patience or knowledge to teach in a way that a newbie or expert can understand.
Great Work!!