Inspiration: Thomas Marent

Thomas Marent is a wildlife photographer from Switzerland. He’s been photographing wildlife for about twenty years, and is mainly self-taught.

I make a note of that because it seems like a lot of the jobs require some academic background, but many pro photographers I’ve been reading up about are self taught. And they’re quite successful, which makes me think that there’s a disconnect somewhere in the workforce, in their thinking that you have to have a degree to be successful at the job. Irksome, no?

There is absolutely no reason why you can’t achieve similar images at home, if you’ve a good lens. Marent used a 105mm lens with most of his images. It does take some patience to find the wildlife. Here in the states, I think there’s a frog or a toad to be found in most parts of the country. And if you can’t find one, photograph birds instead.

Try to get in close, at or below their eye level.

Geckos are quite common in the southern regions as well…

A visit at your local Zoo might be necessary, though.

Another key is paying attention to your light, and taking your time to explore different angles…

And practice, practice, practice. The more familiar you are with a subject, the more easily you’ll be able to anticipate their behavior and can capture them at the magical moment.