Photography Is My Heartbeat - "The best kind of photograph I like to take is an animal I don't have a picture of yet."

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer. 
                                                                                               Ansel Adams
During Zoo Lights at Denver Zoo by moving my camera intentionally I was able to create a swirl of lights that appear as if they are swimming in the night sky. 
Not all but most of my photographs come from zoos and I have learned tips about how to take better pictures in a zoo’s special environment. As a self taught photographer I like to share some of my tips with you. 
"Frame" your pictures with words by giving them titles. 
Consider using a texture such as this lionfish whose picture I took at Denver Zoo.

Baby animals- many zoos have a special viewing of baby animals that is not intrusive to their well-being yet allows people to see them as they would not be able to do so otherwise.

The time of day-different animals are more active certain times of the day and by asking a zookeeper you can find that out.
Make sure you have some money with you for taking pictures. Currency placed next to  smaller creatures helps put their size in scale. Often an animal's environment works in the same manner.  To realize just how small this creature is, look at the grass.  This is a dik dik the smallest of all antelopes. This dik dik is fully grown.  I took this picture at Denver Zoo.

Timing is the key. Be patient when taking a photograph but be ready.
Practice with your pets because they are always around.
Get to know your camera’s setting, experiment with them.
Before you throw away a picture check to be sure within it, if cropped, a picture exist.
Make back up copies of your photography.
A backyard is a great place to look for pictures.
Use black and white for photographs.  I took this picture of a giraffe at Denver Zoo.   

Having more than one camera helps
A backyard is a great place to look for pictures.
Be ready to be fast! REAL FAST. A mandrill was opening his mouth when I was positioning my camera knowing if he opened it wide enough I would get a photograph of his impressive teeth. Quickly moving the photograph blurred but I still got the shot-taken at Denver Zoo.
Take your camera everywhere you go.
Select a topic to create a subject for a collection of photographs.
Weather conditions play a big part if an animal is more active or not, depending on the animal, such as polar bears.
A partial picture of an animal speaks for the creature such as this snake whose picture I took at Denver Zoo.

Play around with different angles such as this a picture I took of an iris in our yard.
Feeding times-are a good because animals are more excited and active.
Ask the zookeepers when animals are most active to get a better photograph.
Pay close attention to your surroundings. 
Take pictures often!                                                          
Please be sure to read a viewer's comments of sharing his photography tips!  Thank you for sharing. 


Tim Cray said...

Lovely photography !!!
As is true when photographing other types of subjects, assuring that the background is free of clutter or distracting objects can help to focus attention in the shot on the pet. A plain background often creates the best backdrop. Wiping the eyes of a pet prior to shooting can also help to eliminate any distracting residue that will take away from the focus on their eyes.

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