How to capture frame-filling photos of big cats – explained by a sanctuary worker!

How to photograph big cats
(Image credit: Sarah Medway)

Cats are my passion, both big and small. I'm part of the in-house photography team at the Big Cat sanctuary in Kent. It's a huge honor to be a part of this remarkable center of excellence, dedicated to conservation of the world's endangered cats.

While sunny, blue skies are good for the soul, this isn’t always ideal for animal photography. A slightly cloudy sky diffuses the light, giving you an even exposure, where bright sunlight causes shadows to go black and whites to overexpose. If you are shooting through wire, cloud cover will eliminate mesh shadows being cast on the animal.

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