The Best Animal Photographers 2020 – Incredible Animal Photos
5 Tips for Taking Animal Photos Like a Pro
Taking animal photos is a big challenge because you can’t interpret their next move. You must have quick skills to adjust your camera and take shots instantly to capture some beautiful photos. Most importantly, it would help if you have a lot of patience because most animals don’t sit or rest in one place for long. If you expect an animal or bird to come to a specific location, make sure you keep the camera ready and batteries charged. Also, don’t forget to keep the camera on burst mode to take multiple shots with one click. Here are a few more tips to make you a pro at animal photography:
1. Focus on eyes and expressions
It doesn’t matter whether you are taking photos of your pet dog lying on her bed or a parakeet on a faraway branch. You should always focus on their eyes. Eyes can reveal a thousand expressions, and you can use that to your advantage. Whether it’s a mischievous look or one with satisfaction written all over the face, concentrating on the eyes can tell a story, something that animal photographers speak about all the time.
2. Reduce clutter from your frame
Suppose you want to capture your cat’s look when she stares through the window. This can be from her bed consisting of tons of toys, but that doesn’t mean you need to make the photo look cluttered. Remove the toys to make the photo about her instead of the toys. You can, however, put a ball of wool to make the image look meaningful. It can mean that the cat is tired of playing with the yarn ball and reflecting on how she could use her time better (you can caption the photo accordingly to make it look funny).
3. Always follow the light
It is challenging to shoot animals in artificial light unless you are already a professional wildlife photographer. If you are starting to take animal photos, then don’t forget to make the most light you already have. Taking pictures in broad daylight makes the images look sharper. You won’t need to edit the photos too much. Most importantly, you can take multiple shots and select the ones you think are the best. You also don’t need to adjust your camera settings too much in well-lit areas. Keep the aperture at its lowest to make the background hazy, increase the shutter speed so that you can adjust to the animal’s movement, and lower the ISO to avoid noise in the photos.
4. Be ready for animals to pose
Yes, animals pose. They take a hint from the camera around your neck. At least dogs and chimpanzees can sense that you want to take their photos. And they readily oblige. However, you need to be ready with your camera because they won’t tell you when they want to pose. As already mentioned, charge the batteries and set the camera so that you can capture some cute shots quickly.
5. Keep the animals happy
Just like you pay models to pose in front of your camera, similarly, you need to keep the animals happy with treats so that they provide enough opportunities to take beautiful photos. For cats, you can choose from tuna snacks, paper bags, catnips, or feather toys. On the other hand, dogs like chewy toys and treats. The trick here is to fool the animals into thinking that you are part of their activities. You must keep the bait and camera ready simultaneously. Once the animal falls for the trick, you need to start capturing their photos. These not only provide tons of candid shots but also pictures of animals in action.
6. Go and try it out
Taking animal photos is a lot of fun, provided you know the proper tricks. The above tips will help you grow from an amateur to a pro-level animal photographer. But make sure you keep practicing to hone your skills and gain experience.
We are proud to show you the absolute best images that have been captured by the amazing artists from our LLF Facebook community. Lean back, and take a look at the best Animal Photographers 2020!
Alex Briere – www.alexbriere.com
Amanda Danee’ – www.awarephotography.zenfolio.com
Andrea Snyder Martin – www.andreammartinphotography.com
Benjamin Dunford – www.facebook.com/whoisbendunford
Brittany Martinez – www.facebook.com/brittanymartinezx
Calie Moore – www.calieannephotography.com
Calley Gibson – www.facebook.com/calley.gibson
Chelle Fernandes Fox – www.wearefoxphotography.com
Christina Mason – www.instagram.com/ChristinaMStudio
Christi Stone – www.facebook.com/ChristiStonePhotography
Dana Minciuna – www.landofwhitedeer.com
Denis Girard – www.denisgirardphotographie.com
Fardo Dopstra – www.fardodopstra.com
Gabriella Rojas Rey – www.facebook.com/littlelovesphotos
Jaime Burrow – www.jaimeburrowphotography.com
Jared Kreiss – www.shotbyjkreiss.com
Jessica Lagrange – www.walkingbetweenmountains.com
Jessy Schuckers – www.instagram.com/j.mathphoto
Joanna Surman – www.instagram.com/rudykadr
Kait Bradford – www.threefeatherphoto.com
Kate Whyte – www.instagram.com/katewhytephoto
Katelyn Tornroth Viveiros – www.RosyMadePhotography.com
Katie Jewell Beech – www.katiejewellco.com
Kerry Rainbird – www.facebook.com/kerryrainbird1
Kristyn Taulane – www.instagram.com/kristyntaulanephoto
Ksenia Belanger – www.kseniabelangerphotography.com
Laurie Jean Wicker – www.lauriejeanphotography.com
Laurie Larson – www.laurieashleyphotography.com
Marissa Yuhas – www.mnyphotography.com
Melissa Greenwood – www.melissaaldertonphotography.com
Michelle Wannemacher – www.instagram.com/michelle.lynn.photography
Missie Lafrenz – www.instagram.com/missielafrenzphoto
Monika Knapik – www.instagram.com/fotografiamonikamalek
Nancy Chin – www.facebook.com/nancy.r.chin
Natasha Huisman – www.instagram.com/tashabphotography_
Olivia Locascio McCracken – www.oandbphotoco.com
Remy Door – www.remysdoorart.com
Sarah Clink Rogers – www.facebook.com/Sully-and-Willis-Photography
Suzanne Fryer – www.suzannefryerphotography.com
Suzi Mitchell – www.littlewhitephotography.co.uk
Troya Fayock Yoder – www.facebook.com/troya.yoder