I enjoy both nature/landscape photography and wildlife photography. I was thinking about this recently and it occurred to me that these can be quite different from an equipment, skills, and approach perspective.
Here are some of the things I think are different about the two:
|Landscapes||Birding / Wildlife|
|The quality of light is important (e.g. “Golden hour”). The amount of light isn’t too important: You can make long exposures from your tripod.||The amount of light is important. You need lots of light to get your shutter speed up.|
|You need to know the location, and figure out sun timing and position. May still be hit or miss depending on the weather.||You need to know about the animal and its habits, and where you might find them. May still be hit or miss depending on the animals (and maybe the weather).|
|1. Composition, 2. Exposure, 3. Focus||1. Focus, 2. Exposure, 3. Composition|
|Probably better by yourself: Your location, your vision.||Can be better in groups. Many eyes can help spot things one person will miss.|
|Good tripod with good ball head. Wide angle lens, small aperture for greater depth of field, long exposure. Frame rate not too important.||Very long lens, large aperture for a fast shutter speed. High frame rate body. Maybe a tripod with a gimbal head.|
|Not as expensive||Can be very expensive|
Have I missed anything? What else is different about these two types of photography?
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