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Stepping Towards Conservation Photography


  • 23 Oct, 2018
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The lawns and the woods are the best friends of a wildlife photographer. Conservative photography is a tiresome effort, as the nature photographer has to spend weeks and months, fighting the unconditional environment to capture the best moments and life. Majority of these photographs taken is sold for the purpose of tourism by the government and the agencies. These photographs attract tourists to their place for businesses.

So what do these photographs exactly do? Is it expressing the beauty of wildlife or destroying Mother Nature?

As a nature photographer, this is the thing that you should be aware of. Nature has provided you with a means to earn a living. So what have you given back? Attracting tourists?

Do you think that is what exactly you should do? Don’t you think this as a self-destruction process?

What is Nature or Wildlife Photography?

Nature Photography is devoted to showcasing the natural elements such as flora, fauna and close-ups of nature. The important thing is not just to shoot something, its to care about and to understand it. When you start considering wildlife/nature photography in that manner, then you will become a conservation photographer. The two major questions that a conservation photographer should keep in mind is; what you are going to do with that images and how are you going to make a change.
As a conservation photographer, you should be ethical to what your photograph depicts and to the subject that you are shooting. Be an animal behaviourist to understand their emotions and reactions instead of simply considering them as a model. Some of the common unethical practices while taking wildlife photographs are;

  1. Off-roading in sensitive areas for taking photographs
  2. Chasing animal and birds to shoot.
  3. Vehicles and photographers crowding around animals to shoot.
  4. Getting too close to the nests and dens.
  5. Catching and handling wild animals for photographs.
  6. Baiting. Etc..


The following guidelines and articles will provide you with a better view of the ethics and morale that are to be followed by a wildlife/conservation photographer. Its usual to get into a dilemma in certain situations while choosing the right or wrong, but while making judgments you should always be in the benefit of wildlife.

  1. Giving Back To Nature 
  2. Conservation India
  3. National Geographic
  4. Outdoor Photographer
  5. Audubon
  6. A Guide to Ethical Wildlife Photography


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