We are so mesmerized by the animal in our viewfinder that we usually frame the whole animal and start shooting. Most of the time, these turn out to be some of the best photos of our journeys. But don't forget the little details. Focusing on smaller sections of the animals can make a pretty profound photograph too.
With your long telephotos, whether in Africa or even at the zoo, don't be afraid to isolate part of your subject. You can capture images that you may have never have thought of before. On the accompanying shots of an elephant, I zoomed in close to show part of her and not the entire body. This can bring out a little more sense of mystery and intrigue and opens up more possibilities for unique photos.
So, when photographing animals, try something different like isolating part of the animal. You might end up with something unusual and very special!
Article by Scott Stulberg. To learn more about photography, explore the many online photography and Photoshop classes offered here at BetterPhoto.com.