Tips for First-TIme Nature Photographers

  Jeremiah Caughron serves as a sales manager at Aire Serv but also spends his free time on photography. His work in photography is often of nature scenes with a focus on capturing old buildings or rural roadways. Jeremiah Caughron has also taken photos of various wildlife including bobcats, elk, and deer.

Aspiring nature photographers have a couple of important things to consider before immersing in the hobby. Here are some tips for taking photos of nature:

1. Don’t forget the nature part of nature photography. Dressing according to the weather is very important when out and about. Have layers on hand, especially when in the mountains where weather conditions can change very quickly. A good pair of shoes is also a must.

2. The time of day can dictate what animals can be found. During dawn and dusk is when most animals can be seen. The golden hour, the first and last hours of sunlight each day, can also provide particularly vivid lighting for any photo.

3. Be patient and don’t forget to charge your camera. For longer excursions, it may also be worth bringing an extra battery for that perfect shot.

Basic Safety Tips for Photographing Elks in the Wild


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.