Well, finally I'm done with my first Zoo photography tutorial. I know you were asking about different tutorial and there are a lot of reading, but first of all I wrote about things which I think you should know before going to the zoo. I really hope there'll be no "Holly war" against me cuz of some things I've said there Hope you'll like it. Waiting for your comments and suggestions.
Next tutorial is going to be "About how to take photos through dirty glass, fences and bars" and I hope with some photos and pictures
Great and special thanks to for a lot of help and corrections! Go check him out! Don't miss the 2nd Tutorial about how to take photos through different fences!
And don't forget to join my group there are a lot of great photos and tutorials!
You mentioned a lot of good points. And I experience some of tose foolish identity mistakes too. Thinking the foxes are baby wolves (Though in separate enclosures) Thinking the coots in the water are baby swans, when the coots have their own offspring, saying the Siberian Tigers ain't cause those are the biggest (the tigers are young adults) and they are "normal tigers" and so on.
And about identifying the animals, I recently started taking photos of the identifying cards. Also comes in handy for they usually sport a picture of the animal, so you remember what name belonged to which animal
Very nice one. I only have a few comments - regarding point 3), it's usually quite fine (and fun) to go with other photographers. What doesn't work is taking family or non-photographing friends, as they are soon going to start complaining that "you're standing in front of that exhibit for an hour already) It took me a while before I realized that by notebook you don't mean heavy and unwieldy piece of hardware. New era I guess Tripod and monopod are fairly advanced pieces of equipment for animal photography. Only major use I found for tripod is support of a heavy lens. If your arms are getting tired of holding your camera while you wait for a perfect shot, monopod is your friend. And obligatory (and not photography related) - idealization of animals is just as common as antropomorpfization. They have their own share of quirks, odd social or sexual behavior (some sex related some not) and definitely aren't those pristine little creatures so much better then human But that doesn't change anything about validity of your point 6)
Hehe. You may be right about Point 3, but I wrote what I feel You seems to forgot that I'm unsocial guy About tripod - it's impossible for me to use it for the most of the photos cuz of glass, fences and bars. A specially with those thin web fences! In Moscow zoo, you have to band over bars to get closer to a fence to take a photo of fast moving ____ (for example big cat), so if you don't want fences to on your shot, you can use mono or tripod. And I have to deal with the weight of my lens with my bare hands. I'll describe all of this in my next tutorial.
About notebook, may be I should have add pictures in this tutorial after all
Monopod generally doesn't limit you even when you're bending over something (can even be beneficial, since in those awkward position, it's often difficult to hold your camera steady without support). Problems are bushes and pits (it doesn't fit into first and has no support in latter), but detaching/attaching is a matter of seconds. My comment about point six just was that animals are wonderful, but people tend to idolize them. They have no less flaws then humans, just different kind