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CHAPTER 5. IMPRESSIVE LANDSCAPES > 44 Successful Photographs of Animals

44 Successful Photographs of Animals

Animals are always rewarding subjects, but sometimes they can be difficult to photograph. You’ll need to rely on lots of patience and you’ll also need to equip yourself with a large-capacity memory card. While outside, use the fastest possible shutter speed, because animals are unpredictable and often move right when you least expect it. Since animals don’t respond well to bright flashes—they often close their eyes or flee in fear—it’s best to rely on natural lighting. When taking photos of pets indoors, though, use a flash that can be directed towards the ceiling. The light that reflects off of the ceiling will be softer and will better illuminate your subject. Soft light can also be created by using a diffuser (see tip 57). These pictures tend to work best in front of a simple neutral background, such as a pet’s favorite blanket or the corner of a couch.


  

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