How to Photograph Deer
Deer can be difficult creatures to capture so follow these tips for a clear photo!
Use the right equipment
You don’t need a chunky SLR (though it wouldn’t hurt…) but you certainly need a camera that has a good lens for a clear, crisp photo.
Try and get a day that’s slightly overcast. Sunshine creates too much contrast and too many shadows. Pictures taken late in the evening don’t come out too well either. If you’ve got the mode (and time - deer are flighty animals), play around in a manual setting where you can get at the aperture. Take what you believe is the right aperture and then go one f-stop above and below just in case.
Never harass a deer
This should go without saying, but you mustn’t upset the deer you’re photographing. If you see any tell-tale signs that the deer is upset (like a stiff, raised tail, stomping hooves or raised heads initiating a stare-down) you should back off or prepare for a few bruises.
Look for details
Details in your shot will set it apart from others. Try and see the subtle details in nature and environment around you. There may even be a centipede on the ground so take a few shots of that. It’s still wildlife.