How To Stop Wire Fences Ruining Your Wildlife Shots

Written by Gina Stephens

Photo by David Pritchard. 


Zoos and wildlife reservations are great places to get up close with wildlife, but the fences and glass keeping us and the animals safe can cause a few problems for photographers.

Fences often take wing above eye level and the tops aren't in easy reach (for good reason) so you can't hold your camera up above it to take your control things. As a result, we often have to take photos with the cage in front of us but this doesn't mean the fence has to appear and as a result upset the shot.

Sometimes it's easy to capture fence-free shots as the gaps in the mesh are just big enough for a lens to be poked through, however when it's not, you'll must to use a few other tricks to capture your wildlife shot. 

One way is to get as close to the fence as possible and select a wider aperture. Then, line up your lens so it's across a gap or if they're too small, try and wait so the face of the animal you're photographing is in a gap. Once the animal has put some distance between them and the fence fence is a structure that encloses an area, typically outdoors, and is usually constructed from posts that are connected by boards,, escort your shot.The fence will, hopefully, be thrown our of focus, thanks to the reduced depth-of-field, so you won't even notice it while your case will be sharp. You may find that Auto Focus tries to focus on the fence rather than your subject so switch to directions focus to ensure your subject is sharp. 

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If you are using a lens that doesn't have a particularly wide aperture then don't worry; you'll unruffled be able to capture a mesh-free shot with a longer focal range. If you can't shoot through or throw the fence out of focus you can continually clone it out later using an image editing program. 


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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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