5 Essential Wildlife Photography Accessories

5 Essential Wildlife Photography Accessories


There are many wild things and activities involved in wildlife photography. Keeping up with the pace of things, adjusting to their environment and waiting for long periods are some of the things associated with taking wildlife photographs.

Keeping up your camera and gear protected seems to be a nit challenging but there are certain wildlife photography accessories and gear that will surely improve your success in getting a perfect shot of the wild animals. Here is a list of some of the best and must-have camera accessories for wildlife photographers.

1. Gimbal

The camera and lens combination often makes the load on your tripod too heavy making it to tip as you tilt the tripod head up and down. Gimbal head perfectly balances your camera and lens and allows you to tilt the camera in any direction without any difficulty. They also keep the centre of gravity balanced and allow to easily track the subject without compromising on the stability.

2. Tripod

A tripod is really an essential item that comes to your rescue when you have to deal with magnified shaking effect of longer focal lengths. It provides adequate support for the camera while taking the weight off your hands to get sharp photos of the wildlife. A good tripod should be able to get low to the ground to just a few inches and should even provide a maximum height up to 50 or 60 inches. The weight of the camera and lens combo should also considered while choosing a tripod and should support even 50 pounds of equipment.

3. Camera Trap

Most of the wild animals typically avoid humans and this poses a great challenge to wildlife photography. The best way to get out of this situation is to use a camera trap. Camera traps should offer a versatile solution when it comes to taking photographs by using them for wireless and remote release even from a distance of a hundred meters. Some of the latest models come with built-in sound, light and motion sensors that radiate a beam and trigger the camera shutter when the beam is crossed.

4. Binoculars or a Monocular

Wildlife photography involves scanning the horizon for long hours to get the perfect picture of the intended target and most of the camera lenses are not comfortable for this situation. This makes a pair of binoculars – or a monocular – a perfect choice. While binoculars are best when you are shooting from a car or a safari vehicle, monocular comes in handy when you have to see on and off through your camera and the monocular in wild. Either an 8X or a 10X magnification will suit every need.

5. Flashlight or Headlamp

Most of the wildlife photography opportunities are either in the early mornings or late in the evenings which means that natural light is scarce to safely find a perfect spot. So if you are getting a bit early into the field to scout your location, a headlamp will provide hands-free illumination for both visibility and safety. Whether you are going for a flashlight or headlamp, a multi-beam model that offers both focused and wide beams will cover all the needs from lighting up distant objects to illuminating your immediate surroundings.