Zoo pictures

mkedre

TPF Noob!
Joined
Jun 23, 2004
Messages
44
Reaction score
0
Location
Savannah, GA
I'm going to the San Diego Zoo in a few weeks. Any tips on photographing the animals? Equipment to bring? What is the best film to use? Are these legitimate questions or is it just like photographing anything else? I will bring my patience and probably my digital camera for my husband to use in case none of my pictures turn out. =)
 

Rob

TPF Noob!
Joined
Jan 29, 2005
Messages
6,217
Reaction score
134
Location
London
Website
www.ukphotographs.com
Scale the ASA rating of your film to the weather, tending towards faster film. If it's going to be outdoors and very sunny then use 100/200 ASA. If it's a bit grey or overcast use 400 ASA, if it's winter nasty, use 1000 ASA.

You shouldn't use flash, and it's probably banned anyway, so I'd recommend 400+ ASA to be on the safe side. T-Max 3200 B&W is great for the reptile house and indoor features.

If there's mesh or glass between you and the animal, switch to manual focus to avoid the auto-focus choosing the glass/mesh instead of the animal.

Chat to and befriend the zoo staff and ask them about how to get a good shot - some of them might like to have a copy of a picture in return for letting you round the back at feeding time. Find out feeding / cleaning time and ask the staff when the best opportunities will be - maybe phone the zoo before you go to ask about photography tips.

Good luck and post your results for us to have a look!

Rob
 
OP
mkedre

mkedre

TPF Noob!
Joined
Jun 23, 2004
Messages
44
Reaction score
0
Location
Savannah, GA
Thanks for the suggestions. That's a good idea to chat with the staff. Hopefully I'll have some good pics to post!
 

Most reactions

Top