So /an/ how many of you either work in /an/ careers or do wildlife photography or breed? I know we have a fair amount of people that work in research and breeders but I never see any photographers. Anything related to the hobby of animals and nature besides owning a pet.
It's probably because any hobbiest photographer posts on /p/ for feedback. I want to try to get into basic photography of nature and deep space. I have a Nikon D3300 to start with. Just need to learn how to take pictures super good.
I don't know I've been interested in picking up a camera for awhile. I travel a lot and do a lot of wilderness exploring that I'd love to be able to take pictures of. I'm not sure of what camera system to buy into between nikon or canon I know it doesn't matter but I'm just really anal about these things. 7dmark ii seems really alluring but I can't shake how much I like the d810. I love birds but I do just work with smaller subjects like reptiles and inverts
I breed inverts (mantids) as well so it'd be nice to actually get some good photos of them.
I volunteer at a raptor rehabilitation center three times a week.
That's really cool how is it? Any advice on volunteering or just working there/with the birds in general?
I've been meaning to volunteer somewhere with raptors but I haven't found one specifically for it near me so applied to a general place wildlife rehab please instead.
Not the original commenter, but I have been doing rehab for many years. I would highly recommend starting at a general rehab and working your way up to raptors. Raptors are the most unforgiving wildlife to handle in my opinion because it takes just a little mistake for something really terrible to happen to someone. I am glad Thst I slowly worked my way up from squirrels and doves to raptors.
A general tip is to not make eye contact, especially owls. They take it as a threat and will act crazy.
I would recommend Canon. Their lenses tend to be cheaper than Nikon for the same, if not better, quality. Also more decent entry level bodies. When you go out hiking or bird watching or whatever, try and sneak a peek at people's camera and you'll see probably 70% canon and 30% Nikon or other.
Right now, l. williamsi, but I'm waiting for my Brazilian Rainbow Boas to mature and I plan to primarily breed them. The l. williamsi are kind of difficult and not very rewarding so far.
Haven't sold any yet, but doubt I'll have a problem when I do. They seem to go on the FB groups I'm in within 24 hours. Was hard as fuck to get the pair I have.
I think the most difficult part will be getting them into cups to ship them. They are FUCKING FAST.
>do you work at the zoo?
Nope, I just live really close to it and walk around the grounds a couple times a month with my camera. Speaking of which, the zoo sent out a news post just last week saying one of their western lowlands gorillas is pregnant! That's awesome. There hasn't been a gorilla birth at the zoo since 2008.
Macro is interesting and sort of similar, in some ways, to long telephoto type shooting. So far I think the most important thing I have learned is that you can never ever have too much light for macro. Moar light! Always moar.
i did volunteer/seasonal work at a wildlife rehab, focusing mainly on birds
three months internship with hoofed stock at a zoo
eight months internship with birds at the same zoo
three and a half years-ish as a bird keeper at a different zoo
left because stupid shit ass management politics are too much for me when my animals' well being is involved
might get back into it and aim for a legit institution or something that doesn't deal with the public
Macro is relatively inexpensive to try without committing to a dedicated macro lens purchase. You can buy a set of macro tubes to attach to a normal lens for less than $100. They go for about $80 if you want electric contacts for auto focus and aperture control from camera body. Like $20 without the electric contacts.
Any dslr with a basic kit lens telephoto (55-300mm) is good enough to get started for birbs.
I started college as a wildlife bio major, and I won a camera at an unrelated work event (not a dslr, it was just a point and shoot) and found that I had a knack for it even with shit shutter speed and that people liked my photos. I invested in a dslr because I was interested in doing field research so I figured it would be useful to be able to take my own photos or that it would make me a useful person to bring along.
Work at a kill shelter in the north east, but I do amateur photography of the animals as they come in. They usually get replaced as volunteers take better photos, unless they are marked TBD in which case no one cares
Is that like a puppy mill for exotics?
I'm a finance major, looking to go into investment banking.
I'm also looking to breed my snakes when they reach breeding maturity (I suspect I have a girl) so it's a year or 2 away. I'll be graduated and doing adult stuff by then.