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Although both are subtypes of animal photography, there are several differences between wildlife photography and pet photography.

Hence if you are a newbie photographer who wants to specialize, we have created this blog for you to make it easier for you to choose between the two subtypes of animal photography.

Read on to discover the main differences between the two:

  1. Location

Wildlife photos and pet photos are taken in very different locations. Pet photographs may be taken in the house, in the studio, at the beach or out in the city park.

However, in contrast, wildlife photographers usually have to travel a lot sometimes within their own countries, other times to exotic safari locations like Kenya and South Africa.

So if you are the kind of person who loves traveling, you will love wildlife photography. While if you are the type of person who does not love traveling a lot, you are probably better off choosing pet photography.

In addition to traveling a lot, wildlife photography usually entails having to wake up early in the morning for magical shots. So you’ve got to be ready for this kind of experience too if you choose this subtype of animal photography.

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  1. Equipment needed and the overall cost

Pet photography requires lighting and a good professional camera. Wildlife photography, on the other hand, requires more expensive cameras and lenses. In general, wildlife photography equipment are more expensive than domestic animal photography equipment.

Wildlife photography also involves a lot of costly travel and doing a lot of work upfront before payment. This is unlike pet photography which usually involves very little travel time and payments are usually done upfront or within weeks.

So you should definitely make the choice between the two types of photography depending on how deep your pockets are.

  1. The target audience

The target audience for pet photographs are the local pet owners. This is why advertisement is local and done in pet shops, pet adoption centers, pet food centers, and using posters.

The target audience for wildlife photographs, on the other hand, is wider, national, and international in some cases.

People all over the world love wildlife photos. Nature magazines may buy them, other magazines and even merchandise manufacturers may also buy them to use them for their products. There are also many individuals who would love to own such photographs.

In short, the market for pet photography is kind of squeezed while the market for wildlife photography is wider and more varied.

  1. Cash and fame

Ever heard of a famous pet photographer being featured online, in a news program or in a magazine?

Probably not.

Obviously, there is some satisfaction that comes from doing this kind of work if you are passionate about it but if you are looking for popularity and cash, this is not the job for you.

Wildlife photographers, on the other hand, are often much more famous and are featured regularly on various types of media.

They also earn a ton of money when they get a certain level of experience and start working with the really famous nature magazines. So if you are in animal photography for cash and fame, go for wildlife photography.