Today I officially opened the Wildlife Photography School with a small but fine course. It is an exciting time to be a wildlife photographer. High quality equipment is more affordable than ever, and we have many opportunities to work location independent and to travel to all kinds of photo locations. I myself like to take pictures in Africa and Southeast Asia. But please do not get me wrong. You do not have to travel to Africa or the North Pole to shoot good wildlife photos. I started very small in my backyard, nearby gardens, parks, zoos, aquariums, and butterfly gardens with a point-and-shoot-camera purchased on Amazon for $150. If you master some basics, you can shoot amazing wildlife pictures in your own garden at home. And you can win big and important photo contests!
Start with a camera you already own in your backyard and learn the basics of wildlife photography first. Try to tell a story with your pictures and sell them to a local newspaper. If that works, you can take the next step. Not before! In the course “Safari In Your Own Backyard” you will learn exactly how this works and how to do it. This is the first, but certainly not the last course you will find at Wildlife Photography School.
You’ll learn, among other things:
- How to setup a wildlife refuge in your own backyard
- How to plan for the perfect wildlife picture
- How to speak the visual language
- What to to when the light is “bad”
- How you can turn your old camera into a high-quality camera trap
- How to develop a local wildlife photography project
and much much more. I will accompany you through this course for three months, you can communicate with me or other students via a secret Facebook group.
I hope you can see that “Safari In Your Own Backyard” is not an ordinary photography course as it is thousands of times on the Internet. Of course there are also the usual lessons about aperture, exposure and the choice of the right camera. But just like my own mission – to rescue endangered animals all over the world from extinction – the mission of the Wildlife Photography School goes far beyond the usual standard. Give it a try!