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Animal Photography With Tamron Lenses - Here are a few tips on using your Tamron lens to photograph wildlife and pets.
Pet and wildlife photography is something that pretty much anyone of any capability can have a go at. There are a couple of Tamron lenses that are ideal for pet and wildlife photography. The SP 70-200mm sports a good zoom and great optical quality, enabling you to get up close to your subject with a wide aperture to draw focus to your subject. The Tamron 18-270mm lens is also a great all round option which offers great bokeh, and has great sharpness for a lens of this range. The Image Stabalisation that's built-in should help prevent shake spoiling your shots when using longer focal lengths, too.
Portraits - You could go about photographing your pets as you would for a human portrait - get them to sit, and look straight at you if possible, or to the side for a profile shot. The wide aperture of both of these lenses makes them great for blurring the backgrounds and enabling you to use a faster shutter speed in case your subject moves unexpectedly.
Sports mode - Using sports mode or equivalent will enable you to capture freeze frames of your pet running around or playing with toys, if you're using a compact. DSLR users should switch to continuous shooting mode to increase the chances of capturing your pet while running. Try getting friends or family to throw a toy across your path, and pan along as your dog chases it to get a great action shot.
Full zoom or a wider angle - Sometimes, pet shots will work great when they're zoomed in on the animal, but sometimes it's nice to be able to see a bit more in the background of the picture. The SP 70-200mm and 18-270mm are ideal because they have a large zoom range, allowing you to experiment with focal lengths without having to change lenses all the time.
Hide out - To capture shy wildlife, you'll need to do some research on the animal you want to photograph and find out where it is likely to appear. A hide will be something to consider if you'll be out in the field for a long time.
Zoom - A long zoom will be necessary to capture far away animals in the field. Tamron's lenses have an impressive zoom range for the price, with good image clarity throughout the range, too.
Fast shutter speed - Tamron's fast and accurate focussing system will make sure you get the shot you want. This is especially important when using a fast shutter speed. To freeze acton in your shots, a fast shutter speed is necessary. If you want to shot a little more movement through blur in the legs of your subject, try lowering the shutter speed.
Captive wildlife - If you can't find wildlife, there's always the option of going to a reserve or rescue centre where you're guaranteed a shot, even if it's behind bars. Take a look at our article on photographing animals behind bars and fences for more information. There are also opportunities to see bird displays at galas and other events, so keep your eye out for opportunities.