Even BAFTA award-winning wildlife filmmaker Sophie Darlington can't predict what animals will do next. But with practice, patience, and a whole lot of preparation, she's mastered the ability to adapt on shoot – making her one of the best in the business.
Sophie teaches us about the alchemy of wildlife cinematography, from lighting tips and tricks, all the shots you'll need to capture, and which type of mosquito repellant to use.
How to gain the insider knowledge and treat animals with repect to get the best results.
Tips and tricks to keep in the back of your mind to get the right feel for your shoot.
How to tell the story of the animal using wide shots, close ups, drones, and cutaways.
Learn to find the balance and avoid overshooting while still capturing everything you'll need.
You'll need more than just technical gear out on a shoot – and it pays to think ahead.
There’s something magical about rain falling and people tend to put their cameras away when the weather gets a bit rubbish, but that’s when I get my camera out. That’s when I’ve got the best and most emotional footage.
A bad wildlife experience may not always be easy to spot. As with any aspect of responsible travel, do your research.