3 Tips for Grizzly Bear Photography

Bear photography is a particular interest of many wildlife photographers since it means taking photos of the natural habits and survival instincts of dangerous creatures. It comes naturally that despite the bear’s capacity to harm human beings, it also remains one of nature’s most popular animal to photograph. Best photographed in its natural state and out of captivity (as with many wild or feral animals), bears require a lot of important tips for photography to go as smoothly (and as safely) as possible.

1. Don’t Go Alone

Even professionals and survival photographers make sure there is someone to keep them company in the presence of any bear, be it a Grizzly, Black or Polar bear. As there is no perfect way of determining the attitude and current disposition of any wild animal, never travel alone when entering a bear’s domain.

2. Always Bring a Guide

This is especially true when you’re not an expert on the subject matter or when you aren’t professionally trained. Experts in the field of wildlife photography and those focusing on the observation of bears will not only help you spot bears, but also clue you in on the various living habits of the animal. This, alongside a watchful eye, will help bear photographers get the best shots out of every moment, whether the bear is looking for food, defending his turf from another bear or even mating.

3. Learn about Your Subject

Bears behave very differently when you find them in the forest, by the river or in the snow. By having enough knowledge regarding a bear’s disposition, photographers greatly reduce the risk of getting attacked out of carelessness or by accidentally entering a mother bear’s lair.