Photography Tips

A refuge visitor captures wildlife with her camera/USFWS Photo

Capturing wildlife on film can be tricky and a whole lot of fun. Being at the right place at the right time is crucial. This takes careful research and a lot of luck. Being prepared is equally important. Here are a few tips to enhance your experience…


  • Pack camera gear the night before
  • Take at least one extra fully charged camera battery
  • Be prepared for all kinds of weather
  • Take photos with the sun behind you
  • Cloudy days are good for photography
  • Take photos when the light is good – early morning and late evening have great light
  • Take pictures of the same thing from different angles
  • Try sitting or lying down when taking a photo
  • Hold the camera steady
  • Make use of the Refuge Wildlife Viewing Blind for photographing birds and animals
  • Use the car as blind for photographing birds and animals
  • Above all, be patient


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