In a recent post, I described the quality of the St. Louis Zoo being very good. Mostly, that is because the zoo is large, free, and has a wide array of animals. Not only that, but the animals always seem healthy and active. All of those qualities make the St. Louis Zoo a great place to visit, and certainly a must-do if you travel to St. Louis. Undoubtedly, if you go, you’ll want to bring your camera. What I hope to do in the next few posts are provide some tips I have discovered that will help you get more out of your photographs and your post-zoo experience.
The first tip I’ll provide is all about the photograph backdrop. That is, look for a spot to shoot that allows you to focus on the animal, but also gives you a background that doesn’t have “zoo” written all over it. You know, like a fence, especially a chain link or mesh fence. Or signs, or huts. One of the great characteristics of the St. Louis Zoo is the aesthetic qualities of the zoo exhibits themselves. Here are some examples of what I mean. Of course, they are all clickable to a full screen view.
So, again, if you want better shots of animals you’re only likely to see at the zoo, think about how you’re going to compose that shot so that it doesn’t just look like you went to the zoo. Think about the backdrop and how you want the animal to look in its final form in your family vacation scrapbook. More tips to come! Leave a comment if you have other tips on this subject.