Wildlife Photography: Natural or Staged?

Wildlife Photography: Natural or Staged?

We go behind the scenes to explore the challenges and ethics of making a wildlife film.

Ever wonder how nature photographers and filmmakers get perfect close-ups of animals in the wild? It may have nothing to do with skill or luck. Many filmmakers take shortcuts, using captive animals and staging the drama that unfolds on screen. We go behind the scenes to explore the challenges and ethics of nature photography and filmmaking.

Guests

Chris Palmer

Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, American University

Cristina Mittermeier

President, International League of Conservation Photographers

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