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Here's a list of the gear I am bringing. I recommend the same gear for all wildlife park shoots.
Canon 5D Mark II or Canon 7D. The cropped-sensor 7D will make your lenses act like longer lenses.
Canon 100-400mm IS - my main wildlife lens.
Canon 70-200mm f/4 - at Fossil Rim, the animals come very close.
Canon 24-105mm IS lens - for wide-angle shots of the gropus of wildebeest and zebra.
Canon 580EX II - for daylight fill-in flash shots, which I will teach on the workshop.
MacBook Pro loaded with Lightroom or Photoshop and my favorite plug-ins.
• Shoot at a wide aperture to blur the background (especially when signs and fences are behind the animals.
• Put your lens right up against the fence and position it at an opening in the fence. Shooting at a wide aperture will blur the lens and make it disappear. Tip illustrated in opening photo.
• Try to shoot at the animals eye level.
• Learn about the animals before you go to the park.
• Take close-ups and wide-angle shots. Tell the whole story.
• Use a flash for fill light, especially when the subject is in the shade.
• Try to get some action shots . . . even the movement of a paw.
• Focus on the eyes.
• Try to get a behind-the-scenes tour. You'll get some cool shots.
• Play with shutter speeds. Use fast shutter speeds to freeze action, slow shutter speed to blur action.
• When shooting through glass, put your lens up against the glass and cup your hand around the lens to eliminate reflections.
• When shooting with a flash through glass, shoot at a 45-degree angle to eliminate the reflection from the flash.
• Get to the park early, before it gets crowded.
Explore the light,