A silhouette of a man holding a professional grade camera for wildlife photography on Vancouver Island.

Whether it’s fishing or other outdoor recreational activities, Nootka Wilderness Lodge has built quite a reputation for being a prime destination for those who love nature. With its scenic landscapes and vibrant ecosystem, it’s no surprise that wildlife photography on Vancouver Island is more popular than ever before. Taking photos isn’t difficult, but wildlife photography requires more than pointing and clicking. As a nature enthusiast, you’ll want to get the most out of your image. So while it’s great to have a picture of a bear standing around, imagine the feeling of capturing one catching a fish or playing with its young? Those images would be far more compelling than a standard portrait, and the feedback from those you share it with would be more than validating. To help ensure you make the most of your wildlife photography experience, we put together three guidelines to maximize your efforts.

Learn About Your Gear

The most incredible moments of Canadian wildlife can end in a matter of milliseconds, so making sure you aren’t fiddling around with your camera or lenses is crucial to being in the right place at the perfect time.

  • Make sure you know what the minimum shutter speed is for your surroundings. For instance, a fast shutter speed with dull lighting will result in a darker image than you may want. Longer shutter speeds allow more light to enter, but moving objects can be susceptible to blurring.
  • Test your ISO setting to figure out how low or high you can configure it to achieve optimal lighting without sacrificing detail. 
  • Only bring one or two lenses to reduce the weight of your load and simplify your selection. Also, knowing what types of shots you want to take will help determine which lenses to pack
  • Learn how to configure your camera settings without looking at them. Knowing your setup allows you to keep your eye on the subject and prevent you from scaring it.
  • Make sure you have ample batteries and memory cards.

Review Your Pictures

Efficiency is vital for wildlife photography because you never know when the perfect moment will occur. To help streamline your operation, you’ll want to do an inventory and review of your pictures at the beginning or end of each day—maybe both! Streamlining allows you to prioritize your goals for the next outing and enables you to clear your memory of any unwanted images. You may be taking hundreds or even thousands of pictures, so the last thing you’ll want is to run out of storage!

Be Creative

The best examples of wildlife photography are captivating because of the creativity employed to capture them. There are various unwritten rules in photography, but masters of their craft know how to bend and break said rules to accomplish stunning imagery. Thinking outside the box is what separates excellent photos from compelling ones. 

British Columbia Lodges on Vancouver Island

A foraging bear roams a marsh while eating tall grass emerging from the wetland.Whether it’s roaming bears or playful marine mammals, guests to Nootka Wilderness Lodge have nearly unfettered access to some of the most magnificent wildlife on this side of the Nootka Sound. Wildlife photography is a rewarding hobby that enables you to cherish beautiful memories, and we’d like to be your makeshift studio! For more information or to book your reservation, please reach out to us online or call 250-850-1500.