Ask an expert about wildlife photography

This photo was supposed to feature a Risso's dolphin

Taking photos of wildlife is easy, but taking good photos is tough, and taking that one in a million shot is close to impossible. When I say one in a million, I’m thinking of the Pacific Life Foundation ads featuring a humpback whale breaching, the water line perfectly straight, a mountain in the background with just the right amount of snow cover, and last but not least, a few white fluffy clouds to complete the masterpiece.

For aspiring photographers out there on a quest for that one in a million shot, I wish you good luck, good timing, good weather, long-lasting batteries, memory cards with loads of space, patience, persistence, good sun protection, the right clothing for the right occasion, an excellent camera assistant, the ability to always have the right lens on at the right time, a steady hand, a stable foundation, and last but not least, the perfect lighting to capture it all.

Yes, I’m belaboring the point, but a lot goes into a one in a million shot and there are many practical things you can do and not do to increase your odds of getting a prize-winning shot and enjoy the side-effect of having more photos turn out good, if not great.

And you are in luck because wildlife photographer Michael Daniel Ho has offered to share his photography expertise acquired by making “more mistakes than most” and he will share some of his “past experiences and errors to help others obtain a more pleasant and memorable photographic future.”

So please submit wildlife photography related questions you have by commenting on this post or by sending a question through the contact page. In the meantime, I will be developing my own list of questions for Michael and together we will learn a lot!

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