This week I attended an online Wildlife Photography Conference that I found to be very informative. One of the classes was about practicing photographing animals at the zoo first before heading out into the wild. In a nutshell the instructor was saying that going to the zoo to photograph the animals is a lot less costly to do than making a big trip and you get in plenty of practice on the critters that are pretty much a “captive” audience. Hone your skills here before going there.
I can see some benefits to that in helping you learn how to use your camera to it’s best potential and being more comfortable with it instead of going out into the wild and possibly fumbling around with settings and missing shots. But on another hand, animals in the zoo are not going to be behaving like they will in nature.
In the long run, practice is good for your photography no matter where you go and at least at a zoo you will definitely have some animals to practice on as compared to sometimes in the wild where a day may be a total bust; I have had days like that. Happy photography to you this weekend. No idea what we are going to do but I’ve gotten both of my vaccinations and DH has gotten his first so I’m looking forward to getting back out there. Yippee!
In the meantime here’s a photo of one of the Columbus Zoo eagles. Shooting through a fence takes practice too!