Take time to work through the assignments before you move on to best locations and seasons (Chapter 5) for finding the wildlife subjects that interest you.
Begin the Learning Process
Now is the time to begin to learn about the subjects that interest you. Start your wildlife library. Purchase your first book or DVD on a subject that is near and dear to you. Spend some time perusing the Internet in search of any and all information you can find. Become educated about one subject at a time.
Study Various Wildlife Images
Take time to look at many different wildlife images made by photographers whose work you like and respect. As you go through each photograph, try to figure out what you like or don’t like about each image. Which images appeal to you the most? Do you prefer environmental or frame-filling portraits? Is action what gets you excited? Start to define your own personal wildlife photography style.
Once you begin to understand the types of wildlife photography you want to pursue, take a good, hard, honest look at yourself and determine if you have the strength, the ability to handle the weather, and the patience to persevere until you get the shot.
Share your results with the book’s Flickr group!
Join the group here: flickr.com/groups/wildlifephotographyfromsnapshotstogreatshots.