3 Tips for Taking Great Reptile Pictures

Reptile photography is considered a very lucrative career due to the inherent lack of people willing to take reptile pictures. Though not all reptiles are dangerous, most of their habits and movement can be difficult to capture due to their size, speed and natural environment. Amateur reptile photographers will benefit from these unique tips on how to take great reptile pictures.

1. Choose Your Photography Method

Two popular methods in taking reptile photos is through macro and speed photography. Macro photography often captures the reptile in large movements, typically including its environment. Whether at rest or struggling with its prey, macro photography creates many breathless photos of the animal in a natural setting. Speed photography, on the other hand, captures exact movement like the microsecond it takes for a crocodile to snap at its prey.

2. Choose Your Setting

Reptiles live in many different locations. From forests, zoos, parks and swamps to households as pets, reptiles are everywhere. People who wish to take reptile photos but are too squeamish to get into close contact with snakes or wilder animals will enjoy taking reptile photography in zoos or parks. These particular reptiles are often harmless and non-aggressive towards humans and will usually be kept behind protective glass (or bars) if there’s any risk of aggression.

3. Build a Portfolio

Since there aren’t a lot of photographers in this particular discipline, your photos will be in demand online and offline. Make sure to keep a record of your best pictures so you can sell or post them on stock photo websites or even make a blog about your adventures.