We're not talking parties
Shooting wildlife is a completely different kind of
photography. We often have less time to take our picture than with
people or scenes. It's difficult to get a moose to pose! So,
we often have to sacrifice some of the more creative aspects of
photography. But, if you plan it right, you shouldn't have too
much of a problem.
There are only a few rules that I'll indicate here:
||ALWAYS get the animals EYE in the photograph.
||Try to show the animals natural behavior.
||Show the animal in its natural environment.
Always show the animals eye...
How many people have you photographed as a subject where you
could not see their eye(s) in the picture?? Probably not many.
But how many animals have you photographed where you couldn't see their
eyes? Since animals are so much more difficult to photograph than
people, we tend to take their picture quickly - and often poorly.
Eyes show life. When photographing animals, in the wild, at the
zoo or in your living room (it's not easy getting a moose in your living room!), always try to get their eyes in the picture.
Capture their natural behavior...
Try to photograph animals doing what they do (keep it clean,
now). Foraging for food, preening, peering out of their den, etc.
This guy just finished fishing.
Show the animal in its natural
Try to photograph animals where they live. This
red-spotted newt is a tiny creature. If photographed on bare
ground or on a rock, you'd have no appreciation for it's size. But
with the red maple leafs in the picture to give an appreciation for
scale, you can see how small it really is.