Top tips for shoot­ing can­did an­i­mal por­traits

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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.

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