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Professional Take: Shooting in the Wild by Cristina Mittermeier

by Gina 10/27/2009

Cristina Mittermeier is an internationally recognized wildlife and conservation photographer who currently serves as Executive Director of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), a prestigious group of photographers, she founded in 2005. Over the past 13 years she’s helped produce 9 books and has had her work appear in popular magazines around the world such as National Geographic, Nature’s Best, Explorador and Terra in Brazil, Man and Biosphere in China.  Like Me Ra (who gave us a fantastic  jump start into photography in her post “A Camera Bag For Beginners), Cristina is also one of Sony’s Artisan’s of Imagery who shares their expertise with Sony customers through photography discussions, contests, and events.

Last month I read her post on Digital Darkroom about her future travels to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

Inspired by what she was doing, we asked her for any tips she could offer. Well she did and delivered those tips to us in style! While on location and inspired by the elegance of a flock of flamingos at sunset, she stopped and shared some tips on video for us on how we can capture that wildlife moment at home. I really enjoyed the tips and the exercises she suggested are things we can do on walks or even in our front yard.

We also asked her what equipment she recommends and here is what she had to say:

“As a woman wildlife photographer, the 70-400mm lens gets me as close to the action as I want to be without having to carry a monster lens. It is the fastest, sharpest, clearest lens in its class I have ever used. It works great with the steady shot, but for best results you can use with a tripod.”

When she was shooting the flamingos, Cristina used the 70-400 on a tripod with a 1.4x teleconverter.

On behalf of the Sony Style team, I’d like to say a huge thanks to Cristina for sharing her tips (and in such a fun way). Let me know what you all think of the video and if you try out any of her tips. For more photo tips and exercises, check out her website or see more posts of hers on Digital Darkroom (photo gallery site where you can practice photography techniques)

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