Hi my name is Vineet Pal.Today I want to share some tips with you about snake photography. Recently I photographed snakes and believe me it’s very hard to capture them sharp. Snakes always try to find a way for escape and move as fast as they can so you have to capture them as fast as you can. I read it somewhere –
“A great photograph of a snake is a prize in any wildlife photographer’s portfolio.”
I Have Nikon D3100 with 70-300mm Lens. When we will talk about venomous Snakes you have to use a long distance lens for your safety. Use telephoto lens for snake photography. Don’t be a hero safety first.
Using a tripod is often not a good choice when photographing snakes, as their behavior is too unpredictable. However, if you insist on using a tripod, then invest in a cable release to limit your interaction with the shutter and reduce camera shake.
If it doesn’t look superb to the naked eye you are making life very hard for yourself if you want a good picture .
Believe me snakes are really fast so always use fast shutter speed for better result [for snake photography].Raise ISO if it needed don’t be like i will only shoot with 100 ISO if light is not good enough so will came up with shaky photos.
Safety First ( It Helped Me A lot )
You must conduct some research in order to preserve your safety. A good photographer knows his subjects very well so that he can shoot them in the best light possible. Read up on snakes before trying to take pictures of them. Some fast facts on snakes include:
- Snakes don’t like the cold.
- Snakes react to movement.
- Snakes move silently and attack quickly.
- Most snakes are nocturnal and will strike if they feel threatened or are harassed.
- Snakes are more active and move the fastest during the middle of the day, as the temperature rises.
- A snake’s striking range is roughly one-third of its total body length, which is impossible to estimate when it is coiled up
Most of the snake photos featured in books has been taken under controlled and carefully planned conditions. If you are photographing snakes in the wild, you need to be extra careful. Wear sturdy boots and long pants. You should also carry a first aid kit, a compression bandage and a cell phone. Also, it’s important to remember that just because a snake is not venomous it does not mean it’s safe to be bitten. Snakes harbor bacteria on their fangs and in their mouths, which can cause a serious infection.always click from a distance because when you will be busy shoot snake they can come to you very fast without knowing you it happened to me once , I was shooting cobra with my telephoto and cobra was really near to me thank god i was with professionals they told me not to move a bit i was with my camera and my legs was opened and cobra wanted to run from there so the snake passed between my legs really fast, i was really scared that time. If you are watching your subject from view finder it’s really difficult to identify the distance.
“Light is your best friend, learn to love light.”
To prevent lighting from ruining your snake photos, avoid using your camera’s flash. If you must use a flash, be sure it doesn’t reflect directly off the serpent’s eyes. If you are working behind glass, use a polarizing filter. If you are shooting outdoors, avoid direct sunlight to reduce glare.
Indian Sand Snake
Aim for the head and try to shoot when their tongue is flickering. The composition will have a much greater impact than a stretched out snake, which takes up only a small portion of your frame. If possible, try to take your photos from the snake’s level, but use your camera’s zoom to avoid having to get too close to the serpent. A coiled snake makes for an eye-catching symmetrical shot, but don’t risk injury to capture the shot.
Never make sudden movements when photographing snakes. They might get nervous and strike out at you. Remember to keep your movements very slow and don’t take your eyes off the snake. With a little practice and patience, you will be able to shoot a memorable picture of a serpent without compromising your safety in the process.
Some More Photographs:-
Indian Cobra Snake
Indian Rat Snake
Indian Cobra Back
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