1) Clean the animal
If you are photographing animals or birds that you have harvested, take the time to clean them up and make them look presentable. Blood soaked plumage and tongues hanging out make for an awful image. The pose is also crucial. Never sit on an animal or display a bird or animal in a choke hold that makes it look like it’s being tortured or disrespected.
2) Shoot from above
The world views the world at standing eye-level, therefore any image shot from standing eye-level will be uninteresting at best. Climb high and shoot down on a subject, or drop low and shoot up. Any subject is more compelling when viewed from an angle that we don’t often see.
Tosh Brown, Tosh Brown Photography (top image)
3) Use your flash
Don’t be afraid to turn on the flash, even if it’s sunny out. Most cameras these days will allow you to manually engage the flash and smarter cameras will read the ambient light (the light that’s around you) and adjust the flash according to how much light it thinks is needed for a proper exposure. This is often referred to as fill flash. Remember, this is a function that most cameras have, but you have to deliberately and manually engage the flash. Some units even allow you to turn the power of the flash up or down – check out your manual.
4) Practise with motion techniques
Use slower shutter speeds like 1/50th or 1/30th of a second to show motion. Often adding a little motion blur really brings your audience into the image. It evokes your other senses and helps make the story more real. Motion techniques include either holding the camera steady and allowing the subject to blur, or you can move the camera with the motion of the subject (called “panning”) which results in blurred background and hopefully a sharp subject. This technique requires some practice, but it’s fun, give it a try.
Tony Bynum, Tony Bynum Photography