Taking photos at the zoo:
Introduce your kids to the world of digital photography with a animal-filled zoo photo safari.
Safaris start with planning
A little organizing in advance will make your photo safari at the zoo more fun for everyone. These ideas will help you enjoy a great day at the zoo.Use the zoo's website to locate maps and schedules.
Tell a story
Think of your family photo safari the way a photographer on assignment does: as a story. It's the story of your family's expedition, so get pictures throughout the process. Packing the car, driving to the zoo, walking, feeding goats in the petting zoo°™even the sleepy ride home°™all make for great photos that turn your outing into a narrative.
Blur out fences and enclosures
Get in close and use a zoom to blur out the background. Photographing zoo animals presents some specific challenges.There may be fencing or glass around animal enclosures. And depending on what time of day you go, there may also be plenty of other people.
To minimize the presence of fences and other enclosures:Go for the close-up. Get in close and use a zoom lens or your HP camera's macro focus mode. This lets you zero in on the animal and, in the process, blurs out fence wires.
Change the angles
Have your kids take pictures from different angles. Photograph a giraffe from down low to show off its long neck, or try shooting alligators in a pond from above to see the pattern they create.
Show animal personality
From cheeky monkeys to inquisitive owls, animals exhibit a remarkable range of expression. Be patient and ready to snap when the animals show their true colors. And don't forget to do the same with your kids. As they react to the lion's echoing roar, take a picture of them, too.
Manage different lighting conditions
Zoos present a wide range of lighting conditions, from the bright light of outdoor savannahs, to the twilight hues of indoor enclosures such as penguin ponds. Here's how to take advantage of each:
Low-light conditions: use natural light and longer exposure times to compensate, rather than your flash.
Flash: If you do use the flash, shoot glass enclosures from an angle to avoid unwanted bright spots.