Digital Wildlife and Animal Photography
Help and Tips
Snap memorable digital photos of your pets. Plus photography tips for tacking pictures of animals living in the wilderness.
#1: Don't Let Perfectionism Keep you from Shooting Any Photos
Don't let the "rule of thirds" stifle your digital animal photography.
#2: Consider a Compact Camera
A smaller digital camera may make it easier to take photos in the wild.
#3: Snap Quickly and Often
Snap plenty of digital photos to compensate for random animal movements.
#4: Talk to a Park Ranger
Looking to take digital photos of animals in national parks and wildlife reserves? Don't neglect park rangers as valuable source of information on animal behavior.
#5: Don't Just Focus on Animals at a Zoo
Digital photos of peoples' interactions with animals can help tell a story.
#6: Use a Fast Shutter Speed
Compensate for fast animal movements with your digital camera settings.
#7: Don't Be Afraid of Blurring
When up against the right backdrop, a blurred animal might help make an attractive digital photo.
#8: Disable All Camera Sounds
Even the slightest beep produced by your digital camera may scare away wildlife.
#9: Keep the Eyes in Focus
Keep animals' eyes focused and clear in your digital photos.
#10: Avoid Flash
Avoid flash with your digital camera whenever possible to keep animals from getting startled.
#11: Give Your Pet a Toy or Food
Try to keep your pet from noticing your digital camera.
#12: Don't Smell!
Odors can give away your presence to animals, making digital photography more difficult.
#13: Use Your Zoom
Don't scare away animals - use your digital camera's optical zoom to record detail.
#14: Shoot at Different Angles
Varying the angles of your animal and wildlife photos can create interesting effects.
#15: Obey the Don't Feed the Animals Signs
For your personal safety and others', never feed the wildlife!
#16: Use a Polarizing Filter When Near Water
Polarizing filters can reduce reflections that might otherwise overpower images of animals.
#17: Show Some Patience
The best things come to those who wait.
General digital photography advice and techniques. What subjects to shoot, how to steady your camera, and getting the most out of your digital camera's features.
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