Beginner’s Guide to Shooting Nature & Wildlife Video

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Whenever I’m filming nature and wildlife in some location I’m almost always asked what’s the best camera to buy or what’s the best this or that.

The truth is if you’re just getting into filming wildlife and nature it doesn’t really matter.

I think by far the most important thing is to have a good foundation in the basics.

Just as a strong foundation is important to a house, it’s just as important when shooting video as well.

It doesn’t matter if you have an entry level auto everything consumer camcorder or that latest greatest camera that Panasonic or Sony has to offer. What matters is that you understand the basic fundamentals and principals that are vital to bringing back stunning imagery of our natural world.

For years people have been telling me that I need to use my skills as a filmmaker and videographer to other people that have a passion for our planet.

Filmmaking Naturally is just that. A virtual nature classroom on how to capture the beauty of our world.

But before I get into that, I want to make sure that YOU have a solid foundation in the basics. So that’s why I’m creating “The Beginner’s Guide to Nature & Wildlife Video”.

This FREE series of video tutorials will give you the fundamentals that you will need but also the mindset needed as well.

“The Beginner’s Guide to Shooting Nature & Wildlife Video” is for anyone with a desire to shoot better video.

It doesn’t matter if you have a consumer auto everything camera, a DSLR camera that shoots video or you’ve invested in a professional camera. This guide will give you a foundation that you can build upon.

Get the free eBook on shooting better nature and wildlife video on the front page and I’ll let you know when the free beginner’s guide is ready for you to download and enjoy!

About the Author:

Award-winning filmmaker Kevin J Railsback has traveled as far as Africa to test HD cameras for Panasonic.
His stunning nature and wildlife footage has appeared in productions on National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel as well as in commercials for such corporate giants as AT&T.


  1. Liz Ness April 11, 2011 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Kevin, I’m a mixed media artist, too — currently, working on a piece focused on a lion I captured at the zoo (that sounds funny). Anyhow, I’ve seen a ton of reference pieces at art school (which get top dollar) and your photographs (and video) top them all! LOVE how you capture light and shadows, the movement, the mood, the story of these animals. Plus, every detail is obvious. So AWESOME!

    • Kevin J Railsback April 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm - Reply

      Even though I shoot video, I find myself visiting more and more non-video sites of artists. I’m finding that no matter what the medium there’s something I can learn from them.

      Thanks for the kind words about my work. I don’t have any real training I just film from the heart and that continues to drive me to improve in order to do the nature and wildlife subjects I film, justice.

      My work is certainly still a work in progress but I work at getting better every day.

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