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National Science and Media Museum

Nature, Camera, Action!

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The deepest oceans, the coldest continents, the most fearsome animals: wildlife filmmakers and photographers have faced it all in the pursuit of the perfect shot.


Nature, Camera, Action! took visitors on an amazing journey to learn the secrets of making incredible wildlife films. From pictures of insect wings taken in the 1840s to cameras disguised as animals, the exhibition explored the different methods photographers and filmmakers have used to get up close and personal with predators, brave the deepest oceans and coldest climates, and capture sounds and speeds beyond our human senses. 

Learn how to...

You don’t have to travel to the other side of the world to find amazing wildlife, and you don’t need expensive, high-tech cameras to start taking your own wildlife pictures. Here you can learn simple tips and tricks to help you create amazing nature films and photographs on your own doorstep.

... Zoom in

Wildlife photographers get close-up shots of animals from a distance by using powerful zoom camera lenses, and you can do it too. You can even turn a normal smartphone into a zoom camera with a pair of binoculars.

... Speed things up

Some events in nature move too slowly for us to see with our own eyes—but by making a time-lapse film you can see the movements of plants and animals speeded up.

... Bring wildlife to you

There are lots of things you can do to attract wildlife to your garden, school playground or park so that you can photograph and film them more easily. You can grow plants that attract bees, put up bird feeders and nest boxes, make a small pond, or build your own bug house.

... Get closer

Some of the plants and animals in Britain are very small, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t take good photographs of them. Most cameras have a macro setting which lets you take close-up photographs and films.

... Hide away

Most wild animals are shy, so one of the best ways to get close enough to photograph or film them is to use a hide.

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