We’re sharing veteran wildlife and nature photographer George Ritchey’s tips for getting the most out of your equipment and experience on his April 22 Amazon Voyage photo workshop. With over 35 years of wildlife photography experience and credits including Robb Report, Atlanta Journal Constitution and Birmingham Magazine, Ritchey will teach travelers how to capture, preserve and enhance their memories while exploring the narrow tributaries of the Peruvian Amazon.

  • Equipment
    I don’t recommend that you bring a tripod unless it is a very light and mobile. Many of us will have cameras as well as binoculars. More equipment will become cumbersome and difficult to use. I am bringing a combination of walking stick and monopod. Often if your subject is an animal you will not have a lot of time to capture the image before the animal flees thus a tripod is of little use in these situations.
  • Wildlife
    When approaching animals in the wild begin taking images during the approach process since you never know at what distance the animal will flee. Take lots of images. It is easy to delete unwanted ones. It is always better to capture a shot approaching the animal rather than the animal fleeing. Zoom in as close as possible. Have your camera ready and accessible at all times. Most animals will not wait for you –Sloth excluded.
  • Composition
    Include reflections in your composition. Often the reflection itself will make a good photo. If your composition is in the sun or bright light a neutral density filter or circular polarizing filter should be considered but in darker situations such as the rain forest you will not need to use a filter.
  • How to pack
    If your equipment includes many individual parts bring a small day bag or small backpack to house all the pieces that are not in use. Remember travel as light as possible. You will have a much more enjoyable trip. I would rather have the basic equipment than too much equipment.

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