Zoo’s photo tips

Biotropica is a wonderful playground for all photography fans. 

You can make animal or plants pictures. But in this luxuriant area 
it is not always easy to take awesome pictures. 

Let's read our few tips to increase your success of taking nice pictures ! We will try to guide you in this article…

The  material 
If you have a mobile phone: you can come back with good pictures. the atmosphear of the conservatory 

and good close-ups can be achieved. 
If you have a compact or bridge: X10 zooms should be favored. With them you can do most of the pictures with this type of zoom. More over some compact and bridge cameras have a "macro" position that will be useful for many plants of the conservatory. 
If you have an SLR: Choose to come with a zoom of 70-300mm kind, a macro lens (the 100mm macro 
is a very good choice). If you have a 70-200 zoom F2.8 it will be fine for most animals pictures.
Remember to bring spare batteries, memory cards. An accessory that will return you many services, 
and a monopod, if you have an SLR and a zoom. It will allow you to remain highly mobile and do not interfere 
with other visitors. You can gain some speed shoot.

Caution before arriving 
The conservatory is a hot and humid environment. This is a disaster for the lenses of cameras. 
In winter for example, your devices will face a change in temperature of + 25 ° C  or + 30 ° c maybe more. 

You will have lots of fog and condensation on your device. You will have to wait no less than 45 minutes 
before making your first shoot. 

Fortunately there are some tips to avoid this. A small device (phone or compact) 
should stay warm under a jacket close to your body to benefit from your heat. 

For larger devices, you can put them in the car in front of the passenger, and put your heating 
down fully. Do this all your way long and the lenses will be temperature and you will have no problem entering 
in Biotropica.

The right settings 
It will be better to work in full-auto, if you are a beginner. If you are experts, you can work in
aperture priority mode for a good fuzzy control, or shutter priority mode for animals on the move 
(tamarins for example). The conservarory is very bright during the day, especially if the sun is out. 

Be also carefull to work with a comfortable ISO number, 400 is a good compromise to have speed 
sufficient for species that move. 

  Some Tips Shooting 
An important rule is to adpat yourself to the level of animals you are taking in picture. Avoid over tilting the camera, leave it at the horizontal, and lower yourself. Pictures taken at the height of men are not the best in animal photography.


You may also need to shift on the side the photo-center subjects bring more dynamism to your picture. You can easily find online articles about the composition of an image and about the rule of thirds. 

Although most animals are in unglazed enclosures, you'll have to do deal with
windows. Even if they are made in a very regular way, the animals dirty them quickly, especially when they are at their level and where we would like to take the picture. To avoid being too embarrassed with the windows, you'll need to stick yur camera to them !

The more  your advice is close to the window , the less it will interfere with your photo. For experts, think to open your diaphragm : more the opening il large, the less you will see the glare from the windows. 

But the windows are not always your enemy, use them to make more original photos ! 

Avoid flashing! Although some flash occasionally do not bother animals, busy days the animals 
will each receive a few thousand shots flash. The best things is to turn off the flash on your device. 

In addition, the ranges of compact flashes are very limited and do not add anything to your photo, they can even damage your pictures. But if you are able to master shooting with a flash-like cobra, you can make some nice pictures, but not to much. 

Here's some ideas for great pictures from Biotropica. The key word is respect all the animals, think 

to move slowly in front of them and avoid sudden movements and you will see their natural attitudes, more beautiful than those of a stressed animal. 

If you are interested in wildlife photography, I invite you to visit this blog: 

You can find plenty of tips for photographing animals. 

I wish you a good visit, and beautiful pictures ar Biotropica. Feel free to share your images on 
the FaceBook page of Biotropica. 

© pbcognein



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