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!
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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
I'm not much of a photographer, just a hobbyist right now, but I found this useful. I know what you mean about ignorance. I've had someone call my boa constrictor a copperhead, and another call my ball python an African rock python. I wouldn't be free-handling my boa if he was a copperhead, and boa constrictors look nothing like copperheads. It makes me pretty mad, too, and I see misidentification all the time, even in cases where it would cost their lives. :/ I don't normally need notebooks for zoo visits, as I already know the animals from previous knowledge, but it could help me with the scientific names. This was obviously very well-thought out, and although your English isn't perfect, it's very easy to understand what you're trying to say. Looking forward to your next tutorial.
Well I guess it's quite hard to know everything about snakes and difference between them, as someones never own and learn about those. And you know, that people usually don't like snakes. Well I use my notebook not only to note scientific names. I'm not some kind of "knowing everything naturalist". Even If i know about big and small cats and dogs, yet I can't remember all the bird or insects or snake names, or names of some small or medium mammals
That's true, but you'd think they'd at least know the common ones that could kill them. For people who do like snakes, though, it's fairly easy to tell the difference. I really love snakes, and there's many ways to tell the difference between similar-looking species that can be learned. I think people should at least learn to recognize their most common venomous species if nothing else, so they don't get hurt or killed. Oh, I'm not good with the every type of animal, either, don't get me wrong. I do spend a lot of time looking up species, though, and I have a fairly wide knowledge of many different types of animals, especially the ones that are common in zoos. This is mostly due to my changing favors towards different animals, like I used to like big cats, then wild dogs, then birds, and now snakes, etc. I also find it fun just to research new species, and I save one or two photos of each species as reference, so it's easy to go back over the ones I've found.
About snakes. We've got only 2 type of snakes around Moscow, Viper and Grass snake. As far as they looks quite the same in the grass, we've been thought to afraid of any snakes we see And I assure you that I'm rare exclusion in this one. Yet I wouldn't like to run on viper in the field.
I've been meaning to take a notebook with me to the zoo, but I always forget to pack one down. I recently bought a notebook that I'll use for my zoo visiting
I've been thought something similar to the snow leopard thing. This family was standing and guessing which animals they were watching, (it was cheetahs), and they kept saying leopard, tiger and other big cat animals. I'm to afraid to talk to stranger, so I didn't find the courage to correct them, haha :c
Thank you very much! Cuz as far as it's only 10 favs (Against 150-200 i get usually) I thought I failed with this one But again, it's may be cuz it's tooo much reading on this one, and it only shows how much of my watchers have enough brain to understand what I'm up to
" I didn't find the courage to correct them" I guess it's ok. I think you just wasn't pissed out yet with those
Last time I was at the zoo there were people who called Jaguar - "Bengal Tiger"
Might be that it's too much to read, but I found it interesting My sister was with me when they were talking about the cheetahs and she got more annoyed at them than me. I'm aware of that some people don't know what animals they're looking at or too lazy to read the description about the animals, even if it's right in front of them, haha
It's quite a good idea. When it's winter I wear black "Pea coat". I want to make next tutorial about shooting through glass and fences. But the problem is, that I don't have assistant who will help me and take some shots of me taking photos