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How to Take a Photo Through a Fence

Leopard Photo by Kathleen Reeder
  1. Use at least 300 mm lens focal length.
  2. Use Aperture Priority or Manual Exposure Mode.
  3. Set the aperture to f/4 – f/6.3 and shutter speed to 1/500s.
  4. Set ISO to 800.
  5. Use Auto Focus and the Continuous or AI Servo setting.
  6. Set Auto Focus Area Mode to Single or Spot.
  7. Find a shaded area of the fence.
  8. Place the lens as close to the fence as possible.
  9. Place the focus point on the animal’s eyes or face.

Sample photos through a fence:

One thought on “How to Take a Photo Through a Fence”

  1. Kathleen, Your presentation yesterday at the Sun City Grand Photo Club was most appreciated. And thanks for the tips on fences. I remembered a photo I took of a leopard in the Phoenix Zoo in 2011. At the time I had a Panasonic DMC-FZ50 and was naïve about fences and exposures but managed to get most of your tips right by accident! The only problem was the creature was resting up against another fence. I will keep your tips in mind next time. Thanks a lot.