Back in the day when cameras were only ‘point and shoot’, and you had to wait for your film to be developed to see if your images were any good, wildlife photography was limited to pictures of pets and farm animals that stood still long enough. Without the lenses and light sensitive equipment available today, it was very difficult to get a good photograph of any wildlife.

Over the last few years, wildlife photography has grown hugely and developed into much more of an art form than just holiday memories as it used to be. Photographers from the amateurs to the professionals are travelling further and more often in the search of the perfect pictures. Also being able to view your images, edit and delete almost immediately, before getting right back to looking for the golden shots has also made wildlife photography that much more appealing.

Armed with bags of equipment, “How to” manuals and editing programmes, the changing of an average photograph into an exceptional piece of art is quickly becoming something everyone has tried at least once. But is it expensive equipment and great editing that make these pictures that much better, or are there trade secrets to getting that once in a lifetime shot?

Here we will explore some pointers on the ins and outs of wild life photography, what equipment is needed as a starting point and a couple of suggestions specific to wild life photography, as well as a couple of basic photography rules- and when to break them!