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It's hard starting out in this industry and I certainly don't know all the answers, but what little I do know I'd be delighted to share

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BAFTA Guru

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BAFTA Breakthrough Brit

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Go Think Big

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Natural History Network

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Have you done any night-time wildlife filming? If you did, what equipment were you using?
Yes, I’ve done some zero-light work and you’ve got a few options:
1) 5D, adapted for IR. These can be hired from Ammonite or similar. The 5D isn’t great compared to other cameras now (A7s) but it does the job, and combined with IR lights its good at getting nocturnal shots.
2) Thermal imaging (FLIR). Different to IR, and lower resolution for sure, but it again allows you to see in the dark but mainly heat signatures. Might be interesting. I know a friend who shot with a FLIR recently in Africa and found some new behaviour as a result. Totally unexpected.
3) Starlight cameras. These are trickier and need specialist knowledge but work in available light by hyper gaining.
Hope that helps. Long lens on a 5D would be the most cost effective route to begin with. You can preset IR lights during the day nearer the feeding area and then stand back on the end of a 600mm lens and see what you can find?