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    Default Taking pictures of animal

    hi people of the world, i am new to photography

    just like to get some tips from your on taking pic of animals...
    cos they keep moving ard....
    so my pic also turns out v blur...
    any advice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertstrike View Post
    hi people of the world, i am new to photography

    just like to get some tips from your on taking pic of animals...
    cos they keep moving ard....
    so my pic also turns out v blur...
    any advice?
    Use high ISO and or wide aperture (small f number). Try not to use flash unless it's a trained pet because he/she might think it's lightning.

    For stray animals, bring up your camera slooowwwlyyy-- I've frightened off too many stray cats cos they thought I'd really shoot them.

    Catch them when they're jumping, flying (did you know dogs fly?!), sleeping, yawning (awesome dentistry shots )-- the list just doesn't end.

    Cheers,
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    What can I say? Be patient. =D This applies to almost anything you take or anything you do. Wait for the right time, pull your trigger.

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    Similar to the rule of thumb applied to human subjects, the eyes should be in focus.

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    Take your time to shoot.
    Faster shutter speed, bump up the ISO if needed.

    I took a few sessions to visit the zoo previously ( thanks to a Friends of the zoo pass )
    each session I took my time waiting at various animal enclosures. Take your time to get the shots you need. If it does not happen, it is just not the day, try another time.

    Till now I have not covered all enclosures!

    Here are some examples I took some time back to share









    There are other much better shots in the World of Nature gallery

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    Default Re: Taking pictures of animal

    Quote Originally Posted by desertstrike View Post
    hi people of the world, i am new to photography

    just like to get some tips from your on taking pic of animals...
    cos they keep moving ard....
    so my pic also turns out v blur...
    any advice?
    What kind of animals are you referring to, because different animals have very different habits and personalities. Even animals from the same species, under different living conditions may behave very differently.

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    thanks guy

    actually my main concern is the animals keep moving ard... so it will always be blur..
    so i have to up shutter speed to 1/1000? and biggest possible aperture? high iso?

    as for the angle... i think i still need a lot of reading to do...

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    LIke what was mentioned earlier bump up the ISO and open up your aperture Also reading up about your chosen animal so you learn its behavior and will roughly know when it will do what. As for finding angles it all comes form experience and lots of practice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raptor84 View Post
    LIke what was mentioned earlier bump up the ISO and open up your aperture Also reading up about your chosen animal so you learn its behavior and will roughly know when it will do what. As for finding angles it all comes form experience and lots of practice.
    ok, up iso and open aperature...
    what about shutter speed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertstrike View Post
    ok, up iso and open aperature...
    what about shutter speed?
    Do read up more about your basics.

    If you up the ISO and open the aperture, the shutter speed will be quicker already.
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    oh i see! thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertstrike View Post
    ok, up iso and open aperature...
    what about shutter speed?
    If your aperture is wide open you'll get a very shallow Depth of Field which can lead to pictures being out of focus due to a slight movement of the animal. You need to find a balance between the key parameters ISO speed, aperture and shutter speed. Each of them has certain effects and side effects. Read the Newbies Guide, other good books or maybe join a workshop / basic camera course. You need to know the basics before you step into a special area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    If your aperture is wide open you'll get a very shallow Depth of Field which can lead to pictures being out of focus due to a slight movement of the animal. You need to find a balance between the key parameters ISO speed, aperture and shutter speed. Each of them has certain effects and side effects. Read the Newbies Guide, other good books or maybe join a workshop / basic camera course. You need to know the basics before you step into a special area.
    okie, thanks

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    I'm a noob too...but i always shoot dogs...
    My advice is, keep shooting, u nv know what u get in ur pictures! hee.. Go down to thier level, and choose a brighter spot to shoot if u can? I usually shoot at ISO200, but i choose better lighted places..
    Last edited by xiaoxian; 30th October 2008 at 02:12 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertstrike View Post
    hi people of the world, i am new to photography

    just like to get some tips from your on taking pic of animals...
    cos they keep moving ard....
    so my pic also turns out v blur...
    any advice?
    if your housing estate has pigeons, practice on them. learn to predict their movements and holding focus for the shots you want.
    I photograph the dead.

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