A Beginners Guide to Wildlife Photography, with Moose Peterson

Join one of the world's best wildlife photographers, Moose Peterson, in his own backyard, as he teaches you all the basics from choosing gear to choosing settings of wildlife photography.

By starting out in your own backyard, you have the greatest access to your subjects, the best opportunity to influence your environment, and the most amount of time to put your knowledge into practice. The skills and techniques you develop in your own personal wildlife studio can be applied to any other destination you choose in pursuit of all types of wildlife.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 06:26)

Moose introduces the concepts covered in the class.

Lesson 2: Basic Camera Gear (Duration 06:53)

There are a number of important characteristics you need to consider in choosing your lenses for photographing wildlife.

Lesson 3: Advanced Camera Gear (Duration 11:08)

As you get further along in your photography you will start to consider acquiring more advanced camera gear.

Lesson 4: Consider the Background (Duration 13:22)

The background of your photograph is a critical part of telling the story.

Lesson 5: Know Your Subject (Duration 10:41)

Increasing your knowledge about the wildlife in your area will go a long way to inform and improve your photography.

Lesson 6: The Perch (Duration 12:34)

When setting up your wildlife studios you want to pay careful attention to where your subjects will land.

Lesson 7: Why You Might Use Flash (Duration 12:49)

Understanding the effect the quality and quantity of available light has on your subject will inform your decision about whether or not you need to use a flash to make your subject pop.

Lesson 8: Using Flash Correctly (Duration 23:36)

Once you understand when you should use flash you'll want to be sure to use it correctly and you'll want to practice, practice, practice.

Lesson 9: Uncommon Photographs of Common Subjects (Duration 25:28)

When you commit to a location for practicing don't settle for just one shot. Keep shooting, changing your orientation, and watching for the most interesting moments that unfold before you.

Lesson 10: Putting It All Together (Duration 20:27)

Creating a primary location for your self will give you the greatest opportunity to practice and capture great shots.

Lesson 11: Flying Squirrels (Duration 13:49)

Once you've got the photography basics down you might consider shooting at night to see a different set of critters coming out to feed.

Meet Your Instructor: Moose Peterson

A Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, Lexar Elite Photographer, recipient of the John Muir Conservation Award, Research Associate with the Endangered Species Recovery Program, published in over 130 magazines worldwide,…


  1. Another great Moose Peterson course. As someone who is trying to get more into wildlife photography, I am always excited to see a new offering from Moose. There's always a lot of truly useful information in his videos. I found the segments on flash particularly, um, illuminating.

  2. Really enjoyed the course and great tips for shooting local wildlife. Living in Australia couldn't help but be distracted by the little humming bird in the background in one segment. We have much larger birds in our backyard and would need a chain saw to remove some of the unwanted perches. Thank you Moose for the great course.

  3. I just finishe watching this class and it was so awesome. I really learned a lot.Thank You so much Moose. I can't wait for me classes.,Judy Kempf from southern Illinois....

  4. Another great course from a mater teacher. Moose takes his time and making it easy to follow and comprehend step by step how he captures wonderful images. What might be helpful for future courses is a summery of equipment or settings used by the instructor that could be downloaded later. Just a page or two of notes,not like the books we get at the Kelby Live seminars, something simple. Jerred G.

  5. What a great course. Content excellent and delivered expertly as always by Moose. A must see for all photographers interested in taking shots of nature.

  6. Regarding moose's recent video: Strengths: very knowledgable,great content and novels his many years experience in a friendly,casual way. He is a very likable person Weaknesses: unfortunately this video suffers from way to much talking without giving immediate examples of the images before and after use of technique. Most of the footage could have Ben reduced and many more photo examples shown. Yes the last few minutes that gave us a slide show of his images was nice but for an instructional video immediate examples old have been better. Also please don't have other people in the video while he is talking. That is very distracting and not professional. His office with the women's head moving around was annoying. Please take this as constructive criticism

  7. Really enjoyed this course. It gave me so much insight for setting up my backyard for practice and a way for me and my young son to enjoy our local wildlife.

  8. Hi Moose, fantastic tutorials which inspired me to give it a go. I don't have much of a back yard but do have a beautiful park 1 min away. So every morning I have been heading out to shoot. Things I've learnt here in Oz 1 I need to be much more patient and carry Sun block 2 A flock of Black Cockatoos scare everything in their flight path (including me) 3 Doing the 'Ozzie Wave' is not condusive to photographing wildlife and 4 I need much, much more practice. Thanks Moose----yet another obsession. LOL.

  9. What a fun learning experience. Moose is such a personable teacher, it's like being at his home for a personal conversation about what he does best: photography! Please, this is such a good experience, do more classes with this format.

  10. Well, I was gonna watch "Inception" again, even though I got it the first time ... but opted to watch Moose Peterson instead. This video was extremely instructive, very entertaining and DUDE Moose trained a humming bird! Priceless. Highly Recommended!!!

  11. Moose and Scott, Thanks for making this title available for rental. While I am not a professional photographer, this course has helped me take better pictures of the birds in my backyard.

  12. This is just a brilliant course by Moose Peterson. I have learned so much from him about photography. I love his encouragement to learn right where you are. He has helped me learn how I can make our backyard here in the desert a place where I can practice my photography. Also, one of the most important things I learned is that when wildlife comes close, you have to remain absolutely still, so they get used to you. I've gotten some amazing shots from that one piece of advice. Thanks Moose!

  13. Excellent educational video on nature photography. I never realized how much goes into shooting wildlife around the bird feeders but now I can set up my nature studios. Moose put a lot of science and common sense into this video.

  14. Wow! Lot's of great information in this course. I really liked taking an inside look at Moose's home and his backyard bird studios. Even someone who has been photographing for some time can get valuable information from this video.

  15. Hi Moose, Very informative Gear Guide. however, one or two questions: 1. What rain gear would you recommend for wild life photography in Amazon Rain Forest? 2. I have Nikkor AF-S 18-300 lens, will it work for wildlife photography? the teleconverters you suggested work with this lens but Auto Focus will not work. what is your advice?

  16. Moose, Do you have to shoot with a TTL cord For the flash to read the change in EV when you move it a "tad"? My flash only shows the difference when I view the image on my camera.

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