Chicken (and other animal) Photography!

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by HorseFeathers, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    OK. I just ordered a Nikon D60 and I'm soooo excited. It should be here anywhere from 8-10 days. I'd like to take some pics of the hennies and want to get some tips! Here's a few Q's but I'm thirsty for other tips too!

    What can I use for a cheap white (or otherwise) background?
    How do I get the chickies to behave (obviously, take a lot of shots, but any other special thigs that would help...?)
    Will these same tips apply to geckos, cats, and possibly goats as well? Any tips regarding these pets too?


    *click click* Watch me slowly (or not so slowly) turn into a full-blown shutterbug!
  2. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Use colored sheets for backdrops. Any color canvas works too. My mother had a black, white and navy blue backdrop.

    You can try treats for behavior, but taking pix of animals is really hit or miss. You have to be fast and snap snap snap.

    Good luck. I'm sure you will LOVE your Nikon.
  3. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    You want a thick cloth (so light and items from behind don't show through.

    Go to Jooans, look for a thick felt, or even something that may wash off. Probably don't want anything plasticy or reflective.

    Let the animals check out the location (good for cat's and dogs), the chickens I just pull em out of the box and throw 'em up there in front of the camera.

    If you can't keep an animal still on the ground, try using a stool or something like that, where they have to hesitate and think about jumping and running.

    Get at their level. Try different angles. Don't do what most people do and stand up shooting down at their animals.

    Lighting--try outside around an hour or so before sunset or inside have well lit window nearby for some light.
  4. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Wow quick responses! Thanx!

    Volume- I already sort of had the "down at their level thing" figured out- for cats and stuff- good to hear anothe rperson agrees!

    THANX again!
  5. aiwetir

    aiwetir Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2008
    portland, or
    craft paper is cheap and smooth, sheets and dropcloths can work but are usually wrinkled

    hang it vertically and let it curve around on the ground for a seamless look.

    light from above at 45 degrees in every direction, like this /|\\

    how's that for a quick tutorial, or go by one of those glamor shot places at a mall and see what they have.

    and i just found this,
    is a lot of good stuff there in the 3 min i took to look there [​IMG]
  6. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Thank you! Just found out my camera comes tomorrow! so excited... Yay!
  7. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    Once I used faded blue jeans denim as a background and I really liked the color and texture that it added.
  8. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    OK. Camera HERE! It's awesome. I went out to the coop today (one of many trips) just to snap some pics. They turned out great!

    Some features I am really excited about that I had no idea existed: I can change my background to a pic, and I can make a stop-motion animation movie, right on the camera!

  9. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    Gloucester, VA
    I just got a Nikon d60 2 weeks ago. I am really enjoying it. Close-ups are great and I was just playing around with no flash of a votive candle in the dark. Colors and depth of field come out awsome. You will really love your camera.

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