Online Class

Photographing Wildlife

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Take incredible wildlife photographs with pro techniques.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Juan Pons
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Discover how to shoot wildlife photography with professional photographer Juan Pons as your guide. Get gear recommendations for traveling light in the field, plus tips for streamlining your shooting process. Learn how to reliably and repeatedly find wildlife as you develop an understanding of animal behavior, habitats and food sources. Then, explore tried-and-true techniques for approaching wildlife, along with valuable compositional tools that guarantee a high-quality shot in any situation. Take advantage of natural light to maximize your shooting opportunities, and find out how to use flash and exposure techniques to enhance your images. Finally, Juan shares simple landscaping ideas to attract smaller-scale animals in your own backyard, and reveals must-have post-processing techniques for impressive images.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Equipment, Ethics & Awareness
Meet your instructor, professional wildlife photographer Juan Pons, and hear Juan's philosophy on ethically photographing animals in the wild. Discover how the DSLR camera has transformed wildlife photography as Juan offers his gear recommendation for lenses, DSLR features and tripod construction. Finally, learn the importance of making your equipment an extension of yourself as Juan offers advice for building up muscle memory so that you don't let the mechanics of shooting get in the way of a professional-quality photo.
2. Studying & Locating Subjects
3. Approaching & Composing Subjects
4. Deciphering Light in Nature
5. Maximizing Your Gear
6. Wildlife in Your Backyard
7. Editing & Post-Processing

Taught by

Juan Pons
Juan Pons
Juan Pons has been a photographer for more than 20 years. His images have been featured in numerous publications, including the magazines Sierra, Nature Conservancy, Audubon, American Photo and many others. Juan teaches photography workshops all over the world, and also hosts The Digital Photography Experience podcast with his friend and fellow Craftsy instructor, Rick Sammon.

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