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Animals

How to Photograph Puppies

How to Photograph Puppies

Okay, so it’s true that I’ve already written a tutorial or two about photographing dogs. So you maybe asking yourself, “how is photographing puppies any different than photographing dogs?” Well, if you’re asking that question, you’ve obviously never had a puppy. Puppies and dogs sometimes almost seem to be different species. There’s the older dog who would really rather warm himself by the fire than go chasing after a stick, and then there is the puppy, who’d rather chase that stick than do just about anything. One animal is quiet, well-trained, and easier to capture with your camera, the other one is always on the move, doesn’t know the meaning of the word “sit,” and thinks the lens of your expensive DSLR might actually be an extension of the stick he was just chasing a few minutes ago.
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Photographing Flocks of Birds

Photographing Flocks of Birds

As photographers, we’re often told to avoid chaos. “Keep it simple” is one of the many rules that we try to follow, which is why you may find it difficult to photograph flocks of birds. What could be more chaotic than a bunch of shrieking geese or a flock of pigeons? But the good news is that it is possible to capture some sense of order in those crazy flocks, you just need to have a plan. Keep reading for some ideas.
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How to photograph bats

How to photograph bats

If you have ever tried to photograph birds, you probably thought to yourself, “These have got to be the most difficult animals to take pictures of.” And you’re not completely wrong. Birds are challenging subjects – they are flighty (literally), they are small, and they are fast. You need a lot of patience and a pretty long lens to get a good picture of them. But they are not, in fact, the most difficult animals to take pictures of. That honor belongs to another flying creature – the bat.
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How to photograph reptiles

How to photograph reptiles

Animal photography always presents challenges, depending on the animal and the situation. Wild animals, of course, are elusive, which means you often need a telephoto lens and a certain amount of patience to photograph them. Pets are easier, but making a playful dog sit still long enough for a photo or a curious cat resist the temptation to put her nose in the lens are challenges you might encounter even with the most photogenic of pets. No what about reptiles? They are neither friendly nor playful, and yet they can make for some incredibly interesting and engaging subjects. Read on for some tips on how to photograph them.
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How to capture personality-filled animal photos

How to capture personality-filled animal photos

There’s no doubt that you love your pet, and if you had to say why, I know you could come up with a myriad of different reasons. And I’d bet money that one of those reasons would be “his personality

We love our pets in part because their fun and funny personalities make us smile, and because in a world of furry faces each animal is his own unique individual. So although you may have hundreds of portrait-style photographs of your pet, how many do you have that actually do a good job of letting your viewer know what his personality is like? If your answer is “not many,” then you need some strategies. Keep reading for my best tips on how to capture personality in your pet photos. Continue Reading »

Creative Pet Portraits

Creative Pet Portraits

If you’re like most pet-owning photographers, you have close to a billion photographs of your favorite dog or cat. Well maybe not a billion exactly, but let’s face it, your pet might actually be the most photographed pet in all the world. You’ve got pictures of him sleeping, you’ve got pictures of him sitting, you’ve got pictures of him standing around and you’ve got pictures of him just being generally adorable. But unless you’ve really spent some time thinking creatively about all the different ways you might be able to photograph him, the chances are you don’t have many images that have that real “wow” factor, or the ability to really impress someone who doesn’t already know your pet well. In this article, I’m going to let you in on some secrets for fun and unusual pet portraits that aren’t like anything you have in your current photo album. Read on to find out more. Continue Reading »

How to Photograph Black Animals

How to Photograph Black Animals

We love our pets—they bring us happiness, laughter and unconditional love, no matter what their size, shape or color. But here’s the thing: if your favorite furry friend is all black, you may find that you consistently don’t love the photos you take of her. Instead of that charming, whiskered face, you’ve got loads of photos that feature a black blob with eyes. So what’s the secret to getting great photos of black animals? Keep reading to find out.
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Photographing the Human-Animal Bond

Photographing the Human-Animal Bond

If you share your home with a dog, cat or other furry creature, then you know that being a pet owner is about more than just caring for a non-human animal. We love our pets, and they love us. Animals are a part of our families.

So when you take pictures of your dog or cat, how often do you try to capture some of the love between your furry friend and your other family members? It’s one thing to take a beautiful portrait of your cat sitting next to the window or an action shot of your dog chasing a ball in the backyard, but what do these photos really say about your pet’s place in your family? Read on to find out more about capturing those people-pet moments. Continue Reading »

15 Tips to Boost Your Zoo Photography

15 Tips to Boost Your Zoo Photography

For many of us, the zoo is the closest thing we are going to get to going on safari. If you know what you’re doing, you might even be able to take photos that look like you are on safari without the price tag of a vacation in a foreign country. Likewise, photographing in a zoo will allow you to get shots of animals from all over the world in a single day instead of needing to take several trips. Photographing animals in the zoo also produces some interesting challenges. Here are some pointers to help you get the most out of your day at the zoo.
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Photographing Horses

Photographing Horses

Maybe you are heading out for a week in the countryside, or a friend has asked you to take some photos at their family barn. Chances are there will be horses to photograph. Just point and shoot, right? It turns out that although extremely beautiful and captivating, horses can be pretty difficult to capture in a photograph. They are large animals, prone to distortion from close-ups, and they don’t always co-operate. You thought toddlers gave you a run for your money, try getting a horse to “pose” for you! With a few tips in mind, you can safely capture the essence of equine beauty and strength in your photos.
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Take Great Fish Photos

Take Great Fish Photos

Underwater photography is cool. Who doesn’t love seeing all those colorful tropical fish swimming through the beautiful blue water, surrounded by coral formations and lovely green underwater plant life? The photographer, that’s who.

Yes, I know, I’m totally wrong–for some people. Some photographers thrive in their scuba gear, with their obscenely expensive underwater camera housings and all those sharks. But it’s not for everyone. And if it’s not for you, I have great news. You can still get amazing shots of fish without having to go underwater.
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Photographing Small Animals

Photographing Small Animals

We have all seen them – images like the ones in a National Geographic spread of oversized fly eye balls or gorgeous butterflies. The kind of photos that make you stop and marvel. Are you interested in taking close-up photographs? Do you like nature and want to learn how to photograph it? Small animals are a great place to start for someone that appreciates detail and beauty and doesn’t mind getting down and dirty a bit.

Let me be clear that by small animals I mean really small. I’m not talking hamsters and bunnies but snails and insects. Those critters that can go unnoticed but are everywhere and have unique beauty particularly when photographed close up. The beauty of starting with small animals is that you don’t need to go on an exotic safari; your subjects are in backyards and parks all over the world. It is amazing what you can discover when you get down and view the world from the perspective of a bug! Read on to learn about this field of photography that opens up a whole world of tiny subjects to be photographed!
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How To Take Beautiful Bird Photos

How To Take Beautiful Bird Photos

We have all seen amazing photos of birds. Birds in flight, birds staring right back at us, birds ready to strike their prey. Whether it is a hummingbird or a golden eagle, birds are magnificent, majestic subjects for photos. Unfortunately though birds have this advantage called flight, and they don’t often hold still to get their picture taken. With decent equipment, some tricks of the trade, and a lot of practice you too can take beautiful bird photos.
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Photographing Dogs

Photographing Dogs

Dogs are considered man’s best friend for a reason. They ignore our greatest flaws, fawn over us, always show up regardless of the circumstances, and their favorite activity, outside of eating, is staring up at us with that love drunk gaze. The world would be a better place if we could just all be the person our dog thinks we are!

Despite the undeniable bond we share with our canine companions, they are often some of our most difficult photography subjects because they wiggle and don’t really understand the purpose of the camera. While they present their own wiggle-based set of challenges, getting the shot is possible. Here are some pointers to up the ante on your pooch photography.
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Take Oustanding Wildlife Photographs

Take Oustanding Wildlife Photographs

Almost everyone who owns a camera and has at least a passing interest in the great outdoors hopes to get that once-in-a-lifetime shot of a coyote, a deer, or some other elusive wild animal. And if you’re like most hobby photographers, then you’ve probably managed to miss more shots than you’ve actually captured.

That’s because it’s hard to photograph wildlife. Not only do most wild animals not want to be photographed, they don’t want to have anything to do with you. At all. That makes them particularly difficult subjects, which is why wildlife photography can be so rewarding. So how can you take your wildlife photography from the level of That-Spec-in-the-Distance-is-a-Deer to National-Geographic-has-Nothing-on-Me?
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