Frogs are one of my favourite animals. Cute and intriguing, they are a popular subject for photographers especially in our wet tropics which boasts over 54 frog species.
Here’s a few photography tips for capturing memorable images of these marvellous creatures.
1. Watch your shutter speed
One of the biggest disappointments in frog photography is an image that is blurry due to camera shake. Can you increase your ISO? Use a tripod? Use your flash?
One of the great things about frogs is how they act when they sense danger: they freeze. It’s part of their survival behaviour to avoid being detected from predators such as snakes.
2. Get down low
Try photographing from the eye level of the frog for a frog’s eye view of the world.
3. Be patient
Learn about the frog’s habitat. Are they out at night or day? Do the live in leaf litter, rushes or trees?
4. Use a polariser filter
A polarising filter increases saturation and contrast bringing out the bright colours of frogs.
5. Composition counts
What’s in the background, does the surrounding compliment the frogs colouring?
6. Know your Minimum Focusing Distance (MFD)
MFD is how far your camera can be away from the subject and still get a correctly focused image. On many of the new compact cameras simply turning the dial to Macro means you can get very, very close.
7. Lighting is paramount!
Using flash can create either brilliant images or terrible ones.
8. Respect the frog habitat
Never harass or disturb the frog’s environment – you’ll get much better photos if frogs aren’t distressed.
9. Have fun!
Photography is all about having fun with your camera and your subject. Relax and have fun and you’ll notice that you’ll take much better photos!
Did You Know?
The white-lipped treefrog (pictured above) is Australia’s largest native frog growing up to 14 cm. Find out more about the white-lipped treefrog only found in north-east Queensland and Papua New Guinea