What time of day is best for wildlife photography?
Dawn or dusk tend to be the best times for nature photography due to the soft ambient light. These are known as the ‘golden hours’ and will often give you stunning results.
Not only is the light great during these hours, but it is often the time of day when many animals are most active.
Dawn comes with additional benefits if you are interested in photographing insects. Before the the sun warms them, many insects are sluggish and can be spotted resting on plants. Early morning is a great time of day to photograph wildlife in order to achieve crisp, sharp images with the use of a tripod.
Ultimately, the best time of day will depend on the wildlife you’re hoping to see, and when it is most active – so it’s important to research the behaviour of the wildlife you’re hoping to see.
Is wildlife photography harmful to nature?
Photographing wildlife can cause disturbance, but if you follow best ethical practice the impact is minimal. Here are some best practice guidance points on how to behave around wildlife:
- Don’t corner or chase animals.
- Be mindful of noise disturbance and using your flash.
- Do not cause damage to the habitat/environment you are in.
- Ensure you comply with any applicable wildlife protection laws.
- Do not geotag images of animals in a way that may reveal their precise location and potentially put them in danger.