Photography In UK Wildlife Safari Parks

Written by Gina Stephens

With half-term arrive d enter a occurring up in October, you may be looking for something that'll keep the kids entertained but still give you the opportunity to take a photo or two. One location that's usefulness considering is a safari park as there's some excellent ones based in the UK that'll give you the opportunity to capture frame-filling personifications of Lions and other animals usually seen on an African plane. 

As you're going to be stuck in your car a long lens is a must. Something have a weakness for a 70-300mm telephoto will do nicely but if you have a longer one take that along too as smaller subjects such as birds will look tiny differently. The inside of a car isn't the place for a tripod but having something to support your camera when you're working with long lenses is a special-occasion idea. You can get window mounted tripods but a beanbag is the cheaper and easier way to go. Simply place it on a surface, rest your camera on it and click away. As you're flash through glass pack a lens hood and/or a polariser filter as they'll both help minimise reflections. 

People grouse about having to queue but if you're a photographer at a safari park this could work to your advantage as it means you'll have once in a while to observe your surroundings. If you can, wait in one position for a while to snap interesting behaviour. If you're visiting the park to see one particular animal make or MAKE may refer to: Make (software), a computer software build automation tool Make (magazine), an American magazine and reliable you've done your research so you know what time of day they'll be out and most active. Keep an eye on the weather too as this can make some gross retreat to cover and you'll be left with empty shots of fields. However, if you do get to the park when it's raining don't get too down-hearted as some creatures don't mind the rain and raindrops on the fur and the reflection of light on wet surfaces can create very moody photos.

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As you're in a small space it can be tricky to stir and find different angles to shoot from but there are plenty of other things you can do to improve your shots. Always make sure the eye is in hub and when it is don't click the shutter straight away – wait for the glint in the eyes that can make both human and animal accounts come to life. Sometimes you'll have to wait for the animal to move to get this but all you have to do is keep re-adjusting your framing until the trice arrives. If it's portraits you're particularly after make sure you zoom in to make them frame-filling and if you have cars or other confounding items in the background wait until you've changed position to take the shot or blur it out of sight with a large aperture. If it's a bunch of lions or a herd of elephants you're photographing use a smaller aperture such as f/22 to limit the blur to get the whole group in shot.

When you're in a haste it's easy to forget about composition so you'll put your subject slap bang in the centre of the image. For some shots this intention create a strong portrait but try to resist doing it every time and really think about the rule of thirds when framing up. You also necessity space for your animal to walk into and don't amputate an animals extremities – a lion missing the tip of its tail won't look accurately.

As you have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English verb used: to keep your windows up you'll be shooting through glass so to minimise reflections make sure you have your lens against the window. If you beget one, try using a lens hood or you could put your spare hand above or to the side of the lens to help minimise reflection. As the engine will be race you'll find the glass will be vibrating so speed up the shutter speed to minimise shake. You may also find manual focus handy as beaker can sometimes fool a camera.

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One more, very important point is to observe the rules. We don't want to hear any stories of ePz members who were twisted into lunch!


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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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