Kaweka Hunting Lodge

TOP TEN Tips

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY For NZ

  1. Be patient! The most interesting wildlife images are captured when animals exhibit some kind of behaviour other than sleeping or walking
  2. Be prepared and ready at all times with your camera! Animals can appear quickly and only give you a quick glimpse
  3. As a general setting, F8 servo mode with aperture priority is recommended for the sharpest photos
  4. If stationary, use a tripod for better pictures! If you're moving around in one of our 4wd rangers use a small beanbag for shaper pics.
  5. When the subject is in motion, use a shutter speed of at least 1/125 for sharper images, except if you are using a panning method. A great starting point for wildlife photography is a lens with a 300mm in focal length
  6. Do not centre all your photos, leave room around your subject for the animal to move and to prevent lifeless composition- an intimate portrayal of your subject is the objective!
  7. Photographs taken at the animal's eye level will appear more sensational. When taking close-up pics with a tele-photo lens set the aperture at f8 and focus on the animals' eyes
  8. Use the available light to your best advantage! Early morning and late evening are perfect times to shoot film. Midday is problematic because of the harsh direct light and sillohuetted bodies against light backgrounds makes for difficult exposure of your animal pics
  9. Get the focus right! Be careful your camera (if automatic) isn't focusing on the wrong object - for example a branch of a tree or clump of grass in front of your subject
  10. Think carefully about the aperture you use for the best pics. By using a large aperture you can throw the background out of focus to isolate the subject on your image.

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Photo Safaris

Most of our non hunting guests find it enjoyable to indulge in photography of both wildlife and stunning scenery whilst in New Zealand.

Camera shot

New Zealand offers many excellent photo opportunites.

At Kaweka Hunting we're more than happy to give you the opportunity to take your own photos. During the hunting season, our guides can even escort you into our hunting area and place you in a bow blind to capture deer feeding or possibly even rubbing antler on trees.

Wildlife photography in New Zealand and in particular at Kaweka Hunting will give you the opportunity to capture what so many travellers come to our wonderful country every year to experience.

For those who want to venture 'out and about' our local region is made up of impressive and stunning landscapes from the stunning green mountain ranges to the blue Pacific ocean with vineyards, rivers and art-deco architecture in between.

Guests can be taken on a photo safari with a guide and go hunting for some great wildlife photos for their album. Pricing tailored according to requirements.

Please enquire directly.

Guest Album

  • Red Stag in field
  • New Zealand Cabbage Tree
  • White Red Stags at Kaweka Hunting
  • Client photo at Kaweka Hunting
  • Client photo at Kaweka Hunting
  • Stag on the ridge at Kaweka Hunting