Take A Photo, Save A Species: The Power Of Wildlife Photography

by | Sep 6, 2022 | photography | 0 comments

Photo by Nicki Geigert

A picture paints a thousand words, and nature (along with wildlife) needs pictures more than ever.

Art has always aided humans in connecting to the natural world, from early humans’ haunting images of mammoths and bison to the beautifully detailed illustrations in Victorian botanical journals. And then came photography. Wildlife photography takes knowledge, patience, and lots of luck. One should recognize the power of photography to transport people to places they cannot go and to see things they would otherwise never see; in a way, that text cannot convey. 

Through the work of several wildlife photographers, it quickly rose to humanity’s consciousness of the different endangered animals and the importance of preserving them. Global attention resulted in international legalities to protect these animals, and efforts are now underway to stop such illegal acts. And with a beautiful photograph can inspire people to care. 

How Photography Can Inspire You To Love And Preserve Animals

Since photography can paint a beautiful picture, it can equally blow people into action. For aspiring wildlife photographers, capturing stunning images of their favorite birds or animals in the wild is often their primary goal. This is certainly an understandable and worthwhile endeavor. But more than that, here are three (3) reasons why stunning images can inspire people to save them from extinction.  

Reason #1. Images can present graphic evidence of humans’ devastating impacts on habitats. Pictures of turtles snared in six-pack rings and seabirds eating plastic bags have driven a global campaign to end single-use plastic as this pushes plants and animals onto the endangered list. These distressing images enabled the world to see cause and effect―and humankind has changed how they live. 

Reason #2. Photographs can also evidence humankind’s deliberate mistreatment of animals. Using animals for entertainment has been disgraced through photos revealing the appalling conditions in which some are kept; images of tuskless elephant carcasses have backed to curb the illegal ivory trade by making ivory ownership socially unacceptable. In all these situations, photojournalism has been instrumental in effecting change.

Reason #3. Photography proves the efforts of almost all wildlife conservationists, from saving individual animals and plants to entire species. Landscape and nature photographer Nicki Geigert always strives to capture wildlife in their natural habitat, and she feels that is what sets her apart from other photographers. For Nicki, it is not just about the photograph but about the experience of capturing a moment in time and documenting behavior and cultures disappearing from our earth. Check out Nicki’s stock images on Adobe via her website gallery, where you are sure you will find the perfect wildlife and nature image for you to order as a wall art print for your home or workspace.  

A Quick Reminder

In wildlife photography, always look for exceptional light and be ready for action. When it occurs, please take advantage of it. When the weather turns sore, wildlife photography can be unique. Break out your camera and make the most, if not the best, of it. Find landscapes with wildlife in the scene to create memorable photos. With this systematic approach to wildlife photography, you can take your imagery to a new level.

On the other hand, should your images have been captured of animals in captivity as they have in the wild, the same rules on capturing an image apply. It is good practice to frame the subject in a way that belies its captive environment.

A Final Consideration

People live in an era of images. Humans have never communicated so much through them as they do today. If there was ever a time to depend on photography to express the beauty of science and discovery and the importance of preserving your environment and natural wonders, that time starts now.

Photography brings people face-to-face with nature in a way humanity cannot ignore, stirring the conscience and inspiring passion for the planet. In sharing photographs of what one may lose, one inspires the world to protect what humanity still has.

Further, creating engaging images of animals, wherever they may be, can only enhance the audience’s appreciation of them and perhaps contribute to and promote conservation attempts. Getting closer to the animal will help acquire pictures that fill the frame and are more dramatic.

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