New YouTube Channel

I receive many questions about taking and processing photos of animals. Today I’m announcing a YouTube channel to publish instructional videos about making high impact animal photos. The first video walks through the steps in Photoshop to darken the background...

Quick Tip – Buy A Zoo Membership

Buying a Zoo membership may not sound like a photography tip but it really is for several reasons. To get good images you are going to have to go frequently to capture compelling animal behavior. The two images below are examples of catching interesting behavior. The...

How to Melt Away Zoo Enclosures

Luckily modern Zoo exhibits have been designed as more natural and open spaces thereby eliminating cages. However you will still encounter bars, fences, netting or other obstacles at some exhibits. Don’t let those obstacles get in the way of  a good photo! Click...

Quick Tip – Know What You Are Shooting

Between longer posts I will pass on small tips to help with your photography. A Zoo has so many exotic animals you do not always know what animal you are photographing. I always have a small notebook and pen in my pocket in case I get interesting information from a...

Zoo Photo Gear

To decide what the best camera and lens to carry for Zoo photography think about what makes the highest impact image in a Zoo setting. The answer is … get close!  There are two main reasons this is the best strategy. Zooming in on your subject removes the...

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