Common Mistakes When Photographing Animals

Let’s have some fun this week and answer questions to a quiz titled, “What’s Wrong With This Picture?” These are all easy fixes when you photograph, the kind of mistakes that you can watch for and correct without a lot of technical expertise…just use more attention to detail.

See how many of these you get right before reading each answer.

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Ok. Got ’em figured out? Here goes….

1

 Move as close to your subject as you can and fill the viewfinder with your subject. You are cropping with your camera and taking out everything that doesn’t contribute to the final image. Look how much stronger this image is than the one above.

2

The photographer moved the camera when taking the photo of the girl and the horse so the photo is blurry. Hold your camera steady and use a shutter speed of at least 250th of a second to freeze the action. With a point-and-shoot camera put your dial on the action icon.

3

In the photo of the little girl and the alpaca, the animal’s ears are back…a total no-no, plus the girl has a strangle hold on the lead. Look at the emotional difference in the photo above, where the woman is clearly relating to the alpaca without restraint. Ears forward, relaxed image!

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In number four, the chosen depth of field was too narrow to allow the entire subject to be in sharp focus. Choose a wider depth of field (F-11, F-16) when you have a lot of subject matter front to back that you need in sharp focus.

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In number five, look closely at the dog’s eyes and then at his nose. The eyes are soft because the photographer focused on the nose area instead of the eyes. Always focus on the eyes.

Pick out one or two of these photo faults and run some tests until you master the concepts.

Good shooting!

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