Wildlife Photography


Language Selection / භාෂාව තෝරා ගැනීම

This course will be conducted in English as well as in Sinhala. Please mention the language of your choice clearly during registration.

මෙම පාඨමාලාව සිංහල සහ ඉංග්‍රීසි මාධ්‍ය දෙකෙන්ම පැවැත්වේ. ලියාපදිංචි වීමේදී කරුණාකර ඔබගේ මාධ්‍යය පැහැදිලිව සඳහන් කරන්න.


  • Understand the basic concepts of Wildlife Photography
  • Learn the importance of genre of Wildlife Photography as an adjunct to other fields of science
  • Learn how to be one with nature and capture images without disturbing animals
  • Learn how to choose best gear to capture various subjects
  • Learn wildlife shooting strategies
  • Learn the techniques of stabilizing long lenses and other wildlife gear
  • Learn and understand the support systems
  • Learn how to shoot from vehicles

Course Duration

  • 5 Sessions
  • Theoretical Teaching & Training (Indoor)
  • 20-24+ Hours of Outdoor Practical Teaching & Training

Course Description

  • Hands on training on most of the scenarios taught in the class
  • Certificate of participation will be awarded to participants with 100% attendance

Intended Audience

  • Wildlife enthusiasts (Basic knowledge of photography is required)
  • Photographers who want to explore the genre of Wildlife Photography (Basic knowledge of photography is required)

Medium of Instruction

  • Sunday  1400 - 1800 - Sinhala/English

Course Schedule

  • First Session : Sunday 29 October 2017 - 1400 - 1800 - Royal College Union Skills Centre.
  • Outdoor sessions may be full day or half day and will be held on a Sunday Mornings depending on weather and seasonal behaviour patterns

Required Equipment

  • A DSLR is highly recommended, or  a modern Mirrorless Camera
  • A lens suitable for type of shooting you do or intend to do is recommended, but not essential 
  • A stable tripod is recommended. If you don’t have one, we recommend buying one after attending this course


What is Wildlife Photography

  • Special considerations in Wildlife Photography
  • Concepts behind a good wildlife image and shooting for a purpose
  • Photography and Wildlife: Coexisting and serving a purpose

Getting to know your subject

  • Understanding what you shoot - how to find information
  • Observing wildlife and developing shooting strategies
  • Getting close, techniques, strategies and respect

Telling the story and shooting with purpose

  • Understanding the concept of composing to narrate
  • Composition as a way of editing
  • Acceptable editing guidelines

Ethics & Laws

  • Ethics of wildlife photography
  • Treating animals with respect
  • The science behind ethics and laws

Wildlife Gear

  • Choosing and using cameras
  • Choosing lenses and using them
  • Support systems and choosing the best one to suit the purpose
  • Special gear for wildlife photography
  • Wildlife attire: looking friendly and being safe

Shooting in the field

  • Practical considerations
  • Shooting strategies and techniques
  • Hiking with your gear
  • Shooting from different vehicles and platforms


Educational/Enrolment Requirements

  • Prior participation in Basic , Advanced or Diploma Course by IME, Or
  • Proof of competency in areas of basic camera handling and exposure

Getting the best out of this course

  • As in all other courses by IME, we expect students to spend 2 hours on homework for each hour spent in the class
  • Participation in all classes is expected to get the best out of the course and 100% attendance is required for the certificate of participation
  • We expect participants to have equipment as described in the course overview section

Enrolment Process

  • A limited number of students will be enrolled per class
  • Positions are given on first come first serve basis
  • Students need to choose a payment option and must make the payment to secure a placement


Course Fee: Rs 22,500.00 (Rupees Twenty Two Thousand & Five Hundred)

Making Payments

  • Payments can be made in person, to our bank account or via credit card (this option is currently being developed)
  • A reference number is required to deposit money to our bank account and should be stated on the deposit slip
  • Reference numbers can be obtained by contacting our Registrar or filling out the following form

Contact Numbers

  • 011 309 4300
  • 077 415 1065
  • 077 597 7060