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Wildlife Photography for Beginners and Amateurs

Learn the secrets that will drastically improve your Nature & Wildlife Photography skills and make your images stand out
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 3h 46m
Language: English
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<< One of six digital photography courses by Villiers Steyn >>
UPDATED in November 2021! …and earning the status as the BEST SELLER in this category!
Do you want to take wildlife photographs like the pros? Master the most important technical and creative principles of wildlife photography and take wildlife photographs that are not only sharp, in focus and well-exposed, but also creative and beautifully composed.
Take your wildlife photography skills to the next level!
•Learn what equipment is necessary and how to use it correctly;
•Master all the most important camera settings;
•Become aware of different light sources and how they influence the look of your wildlife photos;
•Develop and eye for striking composition and learn to look at your animal subjects and their surroundings with more creative eyes; and
•Increase your knowledge of animal behaviour, further improving your chances of getting that perfect shot.
Content and Overview
This course is divided into different sections, each consisting of a varying number of short and concise video lectures (typically between 4 and 8 minutes long) that cover specific aspects of wildlife photography. I use a carefully-chosen combination of clips, consisting of 1) me talking directly to you; 2) settings diagrams; 3) videos of wildlife; and 4) striking wildlife photographs. The lectures don’t necessarily have to be watched in order. You can jump around and watch whatever catches your eye or specific lectures about topics that you know you are struggling with.

What makes a good wildlife photograph!
•Four things you HAVE to get right plus my personal TOP 5 Wildlife Photography Trips.
What Camera Equipment is best for Wildlife Photography:
•Choosing the right camera for the right situation – crop-factor vs full frame | entry-level vs professional.
•Which lenses to use for which photos – so that you can best capture a specific subject or scene.
•Why and when you should support your camera on tripods, monopods, bean bags and gimble heads.
•What extra gear to buy – laptop, external hard drives and camera bag.
How and when to change Camera Settings:
•Choosing between Jpeg and RAW files – why you should be photographing in RAW!
•What camera mode is best for wildlife photography and what the difference is between them.
•The best go-to settings for wildlife photography and what they look like at different times of the day.
•How to take perfect wildlife portraits – thinking not only about your settings and subject, but also about the background.
•The importance of depth of field and how to calculate it using a depth of field calculator.
•How to never lose focus by choosing the right Auto Focus Mode and number of focus points.
•How to take photos in low light that are sharp and not too grainy.
•Why you should change exposure compensation instead of metering mode to get the perfect exposure.
•The importance of white balance in wildlife photography and how it influences the temperature of your images.
•How to capture birds in flight…finally!
•Capture movement in your photos, including those highly sought-after panning shots!
•What settings to use when you photograph animals at night.
How Light influences your photos:
•How to take colourful, representative images in front light.
•How to highlight detail and texture in side light.
•How to capture dramatic back light images that contain silhouettes and golden rim light.
•How to make the most of harsh light in the middle of the day.
•How to take photos in diffused light on overcast days.
•How to use flash light and spot lights effectively for animals.
What perfect Composition is:
•How to zoom out and capture animals in their environment.
•When to zoom in and photograph animal body parts for striking close-ups full of detail.
•Why it’s so important to leave enough space around your subjects.
•How and when to change your angle for the most striking results.
•When to turn your camera vertically for optimal composition.
How to become a more Creative wildlife photographer:
•How and when to take black & white photos.
•What the difference is between high key and low key photos and why they are so impactful.
•Why blurring the foreground is just as effective and important as blurring the background.
•Look for repetition, natural frames, scale and reflections to make your photos more creative.
•How to tell a story with your wildlife photographs.
The importance of understanding Animal Behaviour
•Why you should always do research about your destination.
•How knowing your subject’s habits increase your chances of getting better photos.
•Why it helps to look for relaxed animals.
•Why your hit rate will increase dramatically if you go with a guide.
Please take a moment to view the course Promo Video, as well as those lectures that have been made available as free previews.
Keep in mind, if you’re not happy with the material, there’s a 30-day no-questions-asked full money back guarantee! So don’t hesitate and enrol today, because my personal guarantee to you is that by the end of this course your wildlife photography WILL be on a whole new level…!
“Villiers’s presentation skills are superb and better than anything else I’ve attended or enrolled in before. Not only is his technical knowledge of his subject outstanding, but he is also willing to share practical advice accumulated over years.”
Helgard de Preez – South Africa

You will learn

✓ Which cameras and lenses are best for wildlife photography and how to support them in the field.
✓ How to take stunning wildlife portraits with blurred backgrounds.
✓ How to freeze the action and keep focus when your subjects are moving
✓ How to compose the perfect wildlife photograph.
✓ How to take wildlife photographs that are more creative.
✓ How natural and man-made light sources influence the look and feel of your photos.
✓ How to anticipate animal behaviour and thus improve your chances of getting that money shot!


• You need a digital camera (DSLR or mirrorless) as well as a basic understanding of its settings (aperture, shutter speed and ISO).

This course is for

• Beginner and amateur photographers who would like to improve the quality of their nature and wildlife photographs.
• Anyone going on safari for the first time and who would like to capture great memories of their trip.
• Instagrammers who would like their nature and wildlife photos to stand from the crowd.
Professional Photographer, Travel Journalist, TV Presenter
Villiers Steyn’s love for photography started when he was still a schoolboy and in 2008, after completing a Masters Degree in Nature Conservation, he stared his own photography business, Vision Photography.
Villiers has a passion for teaching, and since the launch of his career as professional photographer he has presented his Digital Photography Course for Beginners to thousands of aspiring photographers from all over the world, helping them to master their DSLR cameras and to capture priceless memories of their vacations, friends, families and everything else they enjoy and hold dear. This is what a few of Villiers’s happy clients had to say about his beginners’ photography course:
“Villiers is an outstanding instructor and his photography courses are perfectly structured. His expert knowledge of photography is invaluable.”
Katharine Hill – South Africa
“Villiers is an excellent teacher with a great eye for composition. I can’t recommend him enough!”
Martin Milton – United Kingdom
When Villiers is not teaching people how to use their cameras, he works as a professional wildlife photographer and photographic safari guide in South Africa.
“Together with his obvious photographic talent, Villiers’ can-do attitude and professionalism made him an indispensable freelance photographer.”
Emma Odendaal – former managing editor, Getaway Magazine
Villiers’s experience as a travel photographer, wedding photographer, wildlife photographer and event photographer gives him an edge as an instructor, simply because he can, and will, teach you how to take excellent photos of anything and everything you wish to photograph.
He’s no stranger to the other side of the lens either; Villiers is a presenter on Nat Geo Wild’s Caught in the Act on which he comments as a wildlife expert on rare animal behaviour. He also has a YouTube Channel called The Safari Expert that contains loads of interesting and entertaining safari-related videos.
Udemy courses by Villiers Steyn:
– Digital Photography for Beginners with DSLR Cameras
– Take your digital photography skills to the next level!
– Earn extra income by selling your photos online
– Adobe Lightroom Classic CC – Beginner Level
– How to create a BESTSELLER Udemy Online Course (unofficial)
– Wildlife Photography for Beginners and Amateurs

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Platform: Udemy
Video: 3h 46m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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