7 Tips For Taking Pictures Of Animals

This National Camera Day, celebrate by capturing the beauty of the world around you. If you want to really make the most of it, check out these helpful tips from people who have snapped great pictures for National Geographic.For more photography tips from the experts at National Geographic, read "Getting Your Shot": http://bit.ly/GYScameraday

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    Know your subject's behavior, both for your own protection and to help you get better shots.

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    Invest in a long lens to capture an image without getting too close.

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    When photographing animals, extreme patience is required. Attempt to take the photograph you want many, many times.

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    Shooting the animals at eye level often makes for stronger photos.

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    Think through the composition of the entire frame.

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    Prefocus your camera, and be prepared to shoot. Photographs of wildlife require a quick capture, a fast shutter speed, and are often serendipitous.

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    If photographing animals is your passion, connect with people or organizations that can help you learn. Contribute financially, invest your time, and volunteer. This may give you the opportunity to access the animals you are passionate about.

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