Frog photography – how to photograph frogs


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One of the great things I love about frogs is how they act when they sense danger: they keep very still. It’s part of their survival behaviour to avoid being detected by predators such as snakes. This is an added bonus for photographers! Unlike other species such as mammals that hop, run, and scatter before you have even started focusing your camera, frogs freeze. Here are some great tips on frog photography.

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A Red-eyed Tree Frog

1. Watch that shutter speed for camera shake! One of the biggest disappointments in frog photography is an image that is blurry due to camera shake. To avoid this from happening increase your ISO and use a tripod and flash.

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Don’t let camera shake spoil your image

2. Try photographing from the eye level of the frog for an image that has impact and appeal.

3. Be patient and do your research on the frog’s habitat. Find out if they live in leaf litter, rushes or high in the trees.

4. Try using a polariser to increase the saturation and contrast.

5. Composition does count! Look for an attractive background that will complement the frogs colouring?

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White-lipped Tree Frog

6. Know your Minimum Focusing Distance (MFD). That is how far your camera can be away from the subject and still get a correctly focused image. On many of the new compact cameras simply turning the dial to the macro setting will allow you to get a close shot.

7. Lighting is paramount! Using flash can create brilliant images or terrible ones. For the majority of the time, an off-camera flash is best as frontal lighting is not great for showing texture and frogs have textured skin showing texture and frogs have textured skin.

Respect the frog and its habitat. Never harass an animal or disturb their environment.

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Photos: Danielle Lancaster


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