Photographing Wildlife

by Vanessa Dean Travel photographer
1. Choose the right place for shooting

From what type of zoo you choose, the result will directly depend.
When it comes to shooting animals in open and spacious areas, then, as a rule, these photos look more natural, because In the frame there are no barriers.

2. Wait for the moment

When the animals are right in front of you, do not be tempted to just press the button. If you have the opportunity to be near animals, then be patient and wait for a special moment to capture a unique image on the photo.

3. Work with fences

If you shoot animals through fences (grid), then use a wide aperture to reduce the depth of field. This way you get a fence out of focus.

This is easier to achieve, provided that there is a long distance between the animal and the fence. In addition, the direct light should not fall on the fence. So try to find a site that is in the shade.

4. Choose time of shooting

If you are going to shoot on a hot day, then most likely the animals will hide in the shade and you will not be easy to take pictures of them. I advise you to come to the zoo to the very opening. In the morning, when it's still cool, the animals will be more active, in addition there will be few visitors, and this is another plus in your favor.

Shooting on a cloudy day is an ideal option! You can use the cloudy sky as a background. In addition, you will be awarded a soft light without sharp shadows.

When shooting on a bright sunny day, use a polarizing filter to get rid of the glare from the skin or fur of the animal.

6. Equipment

Perhaps you do not need special long-focus lenses, because in the zoo, animals can be approached quite close. Most of my photos with animals are made at a focal length from 100mm to 300mm.

As for the tripod, this is the case when it can be left at home.

The animals move fairly quickly, so you'll need to use a high shutter speed, for example 1/500. And do not forget about image stabilization.

When I want to take pictures of wild animals, all I take with me is a camera, one lens and a polarizing filter. All! This simple set of equipment allows me to easily move around, spend less energy and easily get the right angle of shooting.

7. Focus

If you want to blur the distracting background, then use a shallow depth of field otherwise you will have to get rid of noise. But remember, the animal's eyes should always be in focus.

The zoo can provide the photographer with both new opportunities and difficult conditions for shooting. I hope these simple tips will benefit you the next time you visit.

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About Vanessa Dean Junior   Travel photographer

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