But sometimes you have to.
So here are my tips on taking pictures of animals that look good.
Plan in advance:
- Set up your camera with the right lens and settings to capture the shots you want
- Close-ups work really well-use a zoom lens
- Photograph them in context-use a wide angle or a 50mm lens to capture a realistic perspective
- Set to auto focus
- Animals can move quickly- make sure the shutter speed is fast enough to capture movement (unless you want a bit of artistic blur). Set to aperture priority.
Once everything's set up, travel light.
Walk around slowly, stand still and observe the animals.
When you see something you want to photograph be ready to press the shutter, take several shots rapid fire, to ensure that you get one where the animal is in the perfect position. They just don't get, 'stand still and smile'.
So here goes, these are my favourite shots from this shoot.
'Hold my hand, we can cross the road together'
to take a great shot.