Rick's Tips for Filming Wildlife

August 23, 2013

Emmy and BAFTA award-winner Rick Rosenthal is a distinct blend of biologist, educator and filmmaker who has spent decades filming in some of Earth's wildest waters. Rick is bringing the expertise he's gainied while filming documentaries such as “Planet Earth” and “Great Migrations” for the BBC, Disney Nature, National Geographic and Discovery Channel to IE's October 11 Amazon River cruise.

We sat down with Rick Rosenthal while preparing for his Amazon cruise to find out his best tips for filming wildlife.

  1. Think like a predator: You are hunting with a camera. A great deal of wildlife film making involves stalking and getting into the right position to get the shot.
  2. Patience, passion and persistence win the day. It takes days and even weeks to get that special shot.
  3. Know the location, and figure out in advance the best place to setup with the camera. In case like IE's Amazon River cruise, trust the instincts, advice and knowledge of IE's naturalist guides who are on the river weekly.
  4. With marine mammals, more often than not, the first encounter is the best.
  5. When filming in water, either fresh or salt, use a snorkel and limit your use of scuba. Bubbles are disturbing to many aquatic animals. Swim quietly, without splashing and use gear you are comfortable with.
  6. Work with a tripod when filming on reefs, and on land when using a long lens. This piece of kit also helps in rivers and streams.
  7. When diving avoid wearing bright colors and don't overload on the gear.
  8. Leave cell phone and cigarettes behind. It seems obvious, but sudden noises and strong smells will keep the wildlife away.

Make your plans to travel with Rick on IE's October 11 Amazon cruise today by calling 800-234-9620! Want to know more about how Rick films wildlife, including how kayaking helps him get closer to marine life? Check out this video!