Top tips for shooting candid animal portraits
1 Getting down to eye level with your subject – squirrels or other creatures – makes the image more intimate and achieves far more pleasing backgrounds. 2 Woodland photography can be particularly challenging due to low light levels, so look for gaps in the tree canopy where light reaches the forest floor. 3 Using a telephoto lens and shallow depth of field helps to isolate the subject from the background, creating more engaging portraits. 4 Squirrels, chipmunks and similar small animals are highly inquisitive and agile, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different props and perches. 5 A wide-angle lens set up with a remote shutter release can give a different perspective, showing the creatures perfectly at ease in their environment. 6 Hazelnuts in shells, pine nuts and walnuts are ideal food for our squirrels. Just make sure they’re not salted or flavoured! Don’t feed them lots of peanuts or fruit, as high quantities of these can be harmful. 7 Remember that these are wild animals: their well-being should always come first.