The wildlife photograhy apprentice

A site dedicated to the amateur wildlife photographer and discussion of wildlife photography. Opportunities, equipment, locations, and knowledge that will make you a better wildlife photographer.


Welcome to the Wildlife Photography Apprentice. An apprenticeship is a system of training a new generation of practitioners of a trade or profession with on-the-job training and often some accompanying study.  I am an amateur wildlife photographer living in West Texas. My hope is that this website can serve as an apprenticeship of sorts  and we can learn and improve our wildlife photography skills together. It’s been said that all you need to become a wildlife photographer is a lot of money and a lot of time. I have neither, and most likely neither do you. Like you, I enjoy the outdoors and photographing wildlife. Just because we can’t go to Africa and photograph lions, doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy wildlife photography or become good wildlife photographers.  The majority of the wildlife I photograph is found within 300 miles of my home. I hope together we can learn how to identify and take advantage of the wildlife photography opportunities that are available and close to us. Whether it’s a hawk on the roadside sitting on a fence post or a fox in a tree in the field down the road, wildlife is all around us and the opportunity to photograph it is endless.




I love my 600mm lens, but how do I get it there? Traveling with a super telephoto lens.

Most wildlife photographers start out using smaller lenses and work their way up to large super telephoto lenses as time goes by. In the beginning, I had a 300mm f4 and like most, lusted after larger lenses but wasn’t sure that wildlife photography was something I would stick with long enough to justify the expense …



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Birds of Prey

Large Furry Beasts