It's Week #47: Animals

This week, your challenge is to photograph animals! One of our most requested challenges, the term animal can be anything from insect to water buffalo. Go out into the world to look for interesting subjects, from the teeny tiny, to the extra-ordinary.

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • Get low! (have you heard me say that before??) Animals and children and basically anything that exists lower to the ground, should be shot at their level (to start with, at least!)
  • Zoom in! Using a zoom lens will often blur out the background and force the viewer to really focus on your subject. I’d also like to take this opportunity to briefly discuss a term, called lens compression, which among other things, will bring the background “closer” the subject, as well as make the background appear “wider”. This could also make for an interesting composition when shooting animals (including humans!) *please don’t photograph humans for animals week.
  • Zoom out! What? Such conflicting instruction! Well, it’s however you want to shoot it, but shooting super wide can also make a larger than life composition of your subject, which can work really well with animals. (some good examples in our last album: Extreme Angle)
  • Get close! Macro Photography is a great way to capture the teeny tiny, like insects. We wrote a blog post about it once, check it out.
  • Finally, as always, think about your composition, your colors, your story. A fox in a wheat field, a bird in a cloudless sky, a cat looking up from his kill, think about what your story is, and how best to shoot it.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out three of our albums from the past: Macro, Nature, and Birds. And, of course, The Googles.

Extra Credit: 200mm+ Telephoto

For some extra credit joojoo, use a zoom lens with a focal length of at least 200mm. This is definitely wildlife photography territory, and you’ll start to see the benefits of getting in close, getting some great lens compression, and some seriously blurred backgrounds. Have fun with it! Check out the Googles for some inspiration.

Remember, it is not necessary to work in this Extra Credit piece. It’s extra credit!

Have a challenge idea for 2016?