Teton Perspectives: Wildlife Photography in Grand Teton National Park, with Nate Luebbe


Nate Luebbe (@nateinthewild) has an understanding of animal behavior that allows him to go beyond the typical snapshot. Join him in the field as he uses his knowledge of wildlife to inform his choice of gear, settings, and composition.

  • 0:00 - Introduction
  • 1:06 - Behavior and Storytelling
  • 5:17 - Bison (Gear and Composition)
  • 9:25 - Elk and Foxes (Camera Settings: Continuous Shooting, Shutter Speed, ISO, Aperture)
  • 16:16 - Bears (Crop)
  • 20:48 - Why Luebbe is a Nature Photographer
  • 22:00 - How to Improve

What are your tips for wildlife photography? Share them in the Comments section, below.

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Please note: All drone footage was taken outside Grand Teton National Park in accordance with rules and regulations.

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Enjoyed this video a lot. I’m a beginner, have a Sony RX10 VI - I need help deciding on what is the best focus area to start with when out taking wildlife shots. Just to start out with. I understand it needs to change for example for a stationary small bird. But what’s best to start out with? Also, I notice the f-stop was nearly alway f2.8. Is that generally the best? Thank you. Apologies if these are dumb questions.

While the size and type of subject you are focusing on would need to be taken into consideration, I would say the Expand Flexible Spot focus area may be the best overall option for your usage needs.  This focus area will allow you to move the focusing frame where you need it on the screen while also allowing you to change the size of the focusing frame using the control wheel.  If the camera cannot focus on a single selected point, it will use focus points around the flexible spot as a secondary priority area for focusing.