The zoo is by far the easiest way to get close-up to exotic animals. Sure, you could spend $6,000 on an African safari and maybe get photos of an elephant which is 100 yards away. Or you could just go to the zoo, pay 20 bucks and about 5 times closer.
- A camera with a long zoom.
- A zoo
- If it's a sunny day, postion yourself so there's sunlight on the animals faces, otherwise their faces will be shrowded in shadow.
- Preferably a sunny day.
- If available, shutter-priority mode at 1/500 or faster. This to eliminate motion blur. Animals tend to move a lot so you need a fast shutter speed to prevent blur.
- Select continuous shooting mode a.k.a burst mode. Your camera will continue to take photos as long as you hold the shutter button down.
- Take a lot of photos, planning to delete the vast majority of them later at your computer. It's normal to only keep 1 in 20.
Follow up shots
- Take a variety of shots, including close ups of the aniamls face, the animal as a whole and the animal next to others.