Choosing an Ethical Photography Workshop

Grey owls typically punch through the snow to capture the prey moving beneath the surface, as seen in this image. However, we often see images of great grey owls swooping down to pluck mice off the top of the snow. That is indicative of a scene captured using store-bought mice. © Daniel Dietrich
Grey owls typically punch through the snow to capture the prey moving beneath the surface, as seen in this image. However, we often see images of great grey owls swooping down to pluck mice off the top of the snow. That is indicative of a scene captured using store-bought mice. © Daniel Dietrich

By Sarah Killingsworth & Daniel Dietrich

Getting started in wildlife or nature photography can be overwhelming, with gear to select, locations to identify and scout out, and numerous new skills to learn. Many photographers look to photography workshops or guides to help them build skills or capture a “dream shot.” But how do you know if the person you’re hiring for a photo workshop is ethical? Are the shots you see on Instagram truly wild animals, not manipulated in any way? Are they taken at game farms, where animals are bred specifically for photography? Are they lured in with bait? Are they captive animals simply not disclosed as such?

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Choosing A Photography Workshop

Shooting the rapids on Calamity Brook. © Tom Dwyer

Story & Photographs by Tom Dwyer

 

How do you know if a photography workshop you are considering is right for you? Good question, huh? I’ve asked it myself and I’ve heard it asked many times, so I thought I’d try to answer it in case it’s a question that’s on anyone’s mind.

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