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Flash for Wildlife Photography

Most people don’t think of flash as something to use in wildlife photography situations. In fact, many photographers loathe the idea of using flash altogether. However, on our recent trip to Costa Rica, we found ourselves using the flash almost every day and we got some pretty good results with it. In strongly backlight conditions – flash can really make the difference. While in Costa Rica, we produced this short video to help demonstrate some of the possibilities. Enjoy!

In addition to the flash, we made regular use of a MagMod “Mag Beam” which helps extend the range of the flash, making it possible to illuminate distant subjects which wouldn’t be possible otherwise. More than 90% of our shots on this trip were made with the Olympus 300mm f/4 lens (sometimes in conjunction with the MC–14 teleconverter) and Olympus OMD-EM1 M2 camera. Due to its smaller size, the Olympus gear travels quite nicely and the 300mm lens still has the reach to bring distant subjects into range.

If you want to be part of this photography paradise, check out our Costa Rica Wildlife Tour!