Today’s selfies were taken at Wellington Zoo and show how sun and shade make a difference to photographs. Sometimes you can do fine, like my Emu picture. Other times, like the Sumatran Tiger I featured in an earlier post it can be a challenge to get the exposure, and shutter speed right.
I wanted to share these photographs because the Otters and the Red Panda are so cute and I know you will love to see them.
I have not been to the zoo with my DSLR before, and wanted to see the challenges photographers face when taking pictures of different animals to cats, or dogs. The zoo is the only place I will get a chance to see tigers for real and think on my feet taking pictures.
Photographing Wild Animals
The difference sunshine or shade makes in today’s selfies? Very bright sunlight meant I overexposed lots of pictures including many of the Otter shots, and that is something you can’t fix well no matter how good your photo app is. The Emu and Red Panda look better in dappled shade.
I have added a few tips that reflect my experience as a total wildlife animal beginner. While you can practice some settings I found that I couldn’t guess what might happen when we got to the zoo so was working ‘on the fly’.
- Learn as much as you can about your settings or take time to practice along the way. Change your settings after one picture, if you want to try different settings.
- Do not be distracted by men with bigger cameras and telephoto lenses.
- See how far you can zoom and if you need a small tripod to stop you wobbling.
- Try different settings
- Try the RAW setting (but remember it takes up more space on your SD card).
Have you ever taken photographs of animals in the wild, or at a wildlife park? Let me know how you managed.
Marjorie Dawson (Whskr)
Movie Maker, Picture Taker & Cat Lover
Marjorie is an established blogger who is an award winner at the Cat Writers Association, and a finalist in writing and video categories of the BlogPaws® Nose to Nose Awards. She is based in New Zealand and reaches worldwide.