Life circle is consisted of plants and animals, the variety and color they bring to the world have shown the great power of our creator, God. There are millions of animals around the world, however we can only see a small part of them in everyday life, cuz big part of them are down in the sea and also a part of them are too small for our human sight to catch.
Fortunately with the improvement of the human civilization we have zoos in which they are able to keep those animals living far away from where we usually live, like lions, elephants, giraffe, zebra, hippo, ostrich on the African Savanna, jaguar, atelocynus microtis, culpeo, brown wolf, coati, hippocamelus, vigogne, peccary, tapir running on the campos；caribou，ovibos，arctic hare，grizzy bear, arctic fox, shutt, northen pike, ash trout, menhaden, long body cod, arctic salmon, seal, walrus, white whale in the arctic region.
Zoo is a great location for people to take images of exotic animals without expensive payment and relative security, since very few people could have a chance to travel around the world to catch it up with those animals far away from where human being live. Photographers in the zoo are often offered a chance to get very close to wild animals to take close up photography without huge lenses. If you own some basic techniques and ideas in your mind, you can take great pictures too.
Many people raise pets and also own a camera, so they will take some images for their pets naturally. But how they would shoot can be a common question among these pet owners. For many, pets are important part of our lives, they bring us unconditional love and make people happy. Some are traditional cats and dogs, other are more individual fish or snakes or some rare lizards, whatever kind he or she is, they are always family members and included in lots of photos.
However for many photos, we cannot rank them into the good class. There are common problems like green or red eyes, blurry image or out of focus. But don’t worry, there are ways to improve the pet photos and capture the personality. Whenever possible, always put your pet in an environment of enough light so you do not have to use a flash. A room with many windows, often a sunny room or living room, this can reduce the chance of creating red or green eyes. If you have to use a flash, keep the flash as far away from the lens as possible. Traditional portraits include just pet in the photo with their eyes looking straight at the photographer, this often leads to a boring effect.
The most important thing you need to do is to capture your pet’s personality, if your pet will only stand still or keep running after or playing with a ball, what you require is timing. Your pets need time to calm down when they are taken to somewhere new for them, they can use some relaxation too.
When you are both outside the house, make sure to pick a proper place for the shooting job, somewhere not that messy or untidy. Of course you will also need to have a clue of the range that your pet hang out. Some dogs are so exited when they are outside and just settle down for a little moment, they just run here and there and far away for so long before they can calm down. A pleasing background is necessary.
Baby animals are definitely lovely, they are new creatures of the powerful lord, their postures, expressions and even little movements look so adorable, just as sweet as human babies are. If the subject animal is not your pet, like an animal in the zoo, you need to watch out for the mother animal when you take an image. Because they will take your posture of photography as a threatening motion to harm the baby, then they try to scare you or even address attack if you get too close. Even the animal is your pet, you must pay attention to the mother’s temperament anytime.
When the baby is old enough to walk, they can be fast and scary of people. They will soon run to their mother once they feel dangerous. You need to maintain good control of the camera to take an emergency shot anytime.
In order to protect the fragile new life, nature provides them perfect camouflage when they are in their little baby age to prevent predators from finding them. An approach to find them is to look for their eyes, cause many baby animals’ eyes are blue at the first days of their life.
At last, we have a will that everyone enjoy the photographing life with animals as well as respect their living space and their life.