How to Take Photos of Frogs

How to Take Photos of Frogs

Frogs have few natural defenses, so they rely on camouflage and running away to evade predators. This makes them a challenge to photograph, but who can say no to those big eyes? This wikiHow article will teach you how to photograph frogs in their natural environment, and give you tips on where to find them!

Steps

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Look for frog habitats. Most frogs live on the wet, shady banks of streams and ponds. They usually avoid fast-flowing water, which can wash away their breeding areas. Marshland is a particularly good place to look for frogs. If you find a likely area but can't find any frogs, hike through it while rustling vegetation and making noise. If you see any animals jump out, make a note of the location and return later with your camera.
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Set your camera to match the conditions. In bright daylight, set your camera to Sports Action settings. In low-light conditions, instead turn on Anti-Motion Blur. These settings allow you to take multiple shots in quick succession, so you can catch frogs mid-leap without blurs. If your camera doesn't have a preset Sports Action setting, just increase your shutter speed. In low-light conditions, increase the ISO until the shutter speed is about 1/100 of a second.[1] X Research source
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Wait patiently. Wildlife photography takes time, especially when looking for shy animals. Watch for banks where frogs might come out to sun themselves or to eat insects. If you want the best chance of getting a good shot, leave a motion sensor trail camera on a tripod. You can buy these cameras from hunting catalogs.
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Photograph the frog. If the frog is sitting still, focus the picture on its eyes. If the frog is leaping, take as many photographs as you can during the motion.
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Look in the water. Frogs often hang just under the surface of the water, but they will sink deeper as soon as they sense trouble. Move slowly and patiently, and you can get a photograph of them while they're visible through the surface. Turn off flash to avoid glare on the water. If you take a lot of water shots, use a circular polarizing filter to further reduce reflections.[2] X Research source
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