Basic Safety Tips for Photographing Elks in the Wild

Elks
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Jeremiah Caughron has spent nearly eight years as a sales manager at a major heating/air conditioning company. More recently, he expanded his professional activities by becoming the owner of a commercial construction and services company. Beyond his work, Jeremiah Caughron enjoys nature photography. His favorite subjects include wild elks.

Elks are herbivorous animals that are typically docile toward humans. However, nature photographers should understand that an elk can become aggressive and dangerous quickly and can show signs and behaviors that warn of this change.

Elks may display irritation in several ways, including teeth grinding and ears set flat against the head. People should never initiate physical contact or attempt to feed an elk or any wild animal.

Photographers must always maintain a safe distance from an elk. In general, people should stay as far from the animal as they need, though 30 meters is a fine standard. Lenses, scopes, and other equipment can improve photographs taken from a distance.

Lastly, nothing can change an elk’s attitude as quickly as a perceived threat to a calf. Photographers observing a mother elk in the company of younger animals must be especially cautious and never position themselves between mother and calf.

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Sunset Photography Tips for Beginners

Sunset Photography
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Jeremiah Caughron has owned Tayga Texas, LLC, a commercial construction and property services company, since 2017. He also oversees all sales activities and services as a sales manager at Aire Serv. Away from work, Jeremiah Caughron enjoys taking nature photographs. His preferred subjects range from sunsets to rural roadways, as well as animals such as elk, coyotes, bobcats, and deer.

First time photographers are often attracted to sunsets. Though sunsets may seem like obvious subjects, particularly for outdoors enthusiasts, it can be difficult to capture the full beauty of a sunset in a picture. Fortunately, a few simple tips can help beginner photographers improve their photographs of sunsets.

To begin, individuals should always remember to maintain a clean lens. Photographers should strive to keep a clean lens at all times, but it is of particular importance when shooting in nature, as dirt, dust, water, and other debris frequently come in contact with the camera. Next, photographers should consider using a tripod when shooting pictures of a sunset. Tripods allow photographers to home in on the optimal composition and exposure settings, key elements of sunset scenes, which often feature challenging light conditions.

Photographers are advised to shoot sunsets in wide angle, then zoom in as needed. Wide shots provide several benefits in landscape photography. When it comes to sunsets, wide shots highlight the starburst effect that makes so many sunset photos so striking. Similarly, sunset photography should be shot in RAW image format, which captures more image data than other modes.

Additional tips include shooting in aperture priority mode, taking photos at a high aperture setting (stopping down the aperture for maximum depth of field), and maintaining low ISO settings.