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Photographic techniques

  1. Heat, sand and salt will destroy camera equipment. Keep them out of the sand and water and avoid leaving the camera for long periods in the direct sun. Keep your hands free of salt. 
  2. It is best to photograph on bright sunny days or when thin cloud provides bright light. Dull days will make it difficult to interpret some photos.
  3. Most photographs should be in a landscape format unless you have a special reason why it shouldn’t.
  4. Keep the camera at full wide angle unless you have a very special reason why you shouldn’t. Zooming around will make much it more difficult for people to understand what was photographed. 
  5. Always use the same auto camera settings. 
  1. For habitat photos, at each location take a photo directly north, east, south and west. Always start with north and go in a clockwise direction. 
  2. When photographing the ground, sand etc from above, hold the camera at chest height and photograph directly downwards. It is not a problem if you can see your toes, it is more of a problem if there is camera shake and the photo is blurred. 
  3. If possible put the camera on a tripod . Make sure the camera is horizontal. If not using a tripod, be careful to avoid camera shake. 
  4. Remember you will not be able to see any detail in dark shadows. Our eyes work much better between bright light and shadow compared with cameras. 

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