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Taking the Perfect Alpaca Photograph

Alpacas can be difficult subjects to photograph. They tend to always move position, bunch up together, have their ears down, look the wrong direction, run to the other side of the paddock, etc, etc. I have spent many hours in the paddocks trying to get the right shots for our web site or magazine advertisements, and sometimes I just don't get the shot I'm happy with. Over many years of trying I've learnt a few basic rules that I keep reminding myself when I'm taking photos of alpacas, with the main rule.....BE PATIENT!!!!!

10 tips on taking a great alpaca photo:

  1. Be patient. There is no such thing as getting a quick photo of an alpaca. It's best to just take your time, let the alpaca get used to you being there.
  2. If you are shooting in bright sunlight, the best times to shoot are early morning and late afternoon when the sun is not too harsh.
  3. Make sure the sun is on your back, shining on to the subject.
  4. Think about the background. You don't want sheds or other unsightly backgrounds that will take away from your alpaca.
  5. A zoom lens is handy so you don't have to get too close. It's also good as it narrows down the field of view and will also blur the background so the alpaca will be the focus of the shot.
  6. Try and get the alpaca to put its ears up and look alert. Another person can stand behind the photographer and wave a hat or something that will draw the alpacas attention.
  7. The right height to take a photo of an alpaca is about the height of their head. If you take a photo from being too high above their head (looking downward), it can make their body look distorted (head too big) and make them look smaller than they are.
  8. If you have the time before shearing, take a photo of all your alpacas or the ones you think you will sell. It's handy to have a photo of an alpaca you are selling in full fleece.
  9. Digital cameras rule! You can view your results as you go so you know when you get the right shot.
  10. Get to know your camera. If you have a manual, read it. You can't expect to take great shots when you don't know how to take full advantage of your equipment.

Alpaca Maintenance - More information on alpacas

Putting weight on thin alpacas
Fencing for alpacas
How to determine signs of a sick alpaca
Basic first aid kit for alpacas
Alpaca body temperatures
Can cold and wet weather affect alpacas?
Making sense of the alpaca fibre analysis
Rye grass staggers
Taking the perfect alpaca photograph
Facial abscess
Berserk male syndrome
Vitamin D
Constipated crias
Preparation for Winter
Keeping alpaca records
Alpacas need head-space
Testing for parasites
Birthing help
Cutting Toenails
A Working Dog's Guide to Alpacas
Paddock Maintenance
Alpacas for Pets
Alpacas as Sheep Guardians