1. Look out for signs that show when the feeding of performance times are & make sure you are able to attend these. Get there early to find a good position. If you are also able to setup a tripod, then people will usually give you some room.
2. It can be worth doing some research on different exhibits before you get the to the zoo, so you know what you really want to see first and before the crowd arrive.
3. Most zoo don't allow tripods, so if you are planning on bringing one be sure to check with management beforehand. If you can't bring one try learning against a wall or a fence.
4. Early morning photos can often turn out the best, when the lighting is not as harsh as during the middle of the day. You might also find that the animals are most active then.
5. If taking a photo of a single animal, focus on the eyes. As long as the eyes are in focus other parts out of focus won't matter.
6. Try not to include bars in your photo. If you have no choice, press your camera up against the cage, select a wide aperture (low-f-number), zoom in & focus on the animal. This should eliminate the bars.
7. The background will often be a problem with your images, so pay close attention to it - you don't want cages or bars if possible. You can try zooming right in on your animal, blurring the background by selecting a wide aperture (low f-number) or simple moving to a different angle.
8. Often you may be shooting through glass, which can cause problems with reflections. Try to move around until the reflection is gone. A polarizing filter can also help to cut down the amount of reflection. Don't forget to wipe off any finger prints or smudges on the glass as well.
9. A photo of an animal you don't often see can be interesting, but if you pay attention to the composition you can create a really great photo. Look for points of interest or natural type surroundings around the animal to see what else you can include in your shot.
10. Look out for sign that show when the feeding or performance time are & make sure you are able to attend these. Get there early to find a good position. If you're also able to setup a tripod, then people will usually give you some room.
11. Remember that other guests at the zoo have paid the same money that you have to be there. Just having a camera does not give you special privileges.
TYPICAL SETTINGS ;
- Mode : Aperture Priority (Av)
- f-Number : f/5.6
- ISO Level : 100
- Polarizing filter beneficial