Wildlife photographer shares tips on getting the best shots

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Photo by Holly Horner

Professional photographer Holly Horner, of Egg Harbor Township, shared these tips with The Current on how to get great shots:

  • Get up early – “You’ve got to get up and be in place before the sun rises,” she said. “If you don’t you’ll miss the light and the shot. That’s the only time you’ll see lot of these animals, either right before or right at sunrise.”
  • Join a photography association or club – Horner is mostly self-taught, but said she learned a great deal from professional organizations like Professional Photographers of America or American Society of Media Photographers.
  • Keep it simple – “I am not a gadget freak,” said Horner, who shoots with a Cannon 5D. “It’s got to be a Cannon.” But beyond that, she said photographers should not carry too much gear. “Every ounce counts when you are backpacking. A lot of times, people get so involved in changing their lenses they miss the shot.”
  • Be patient – “You’ve got to be there for the long haul,” she said. “A lot of my shots I am waiting days to get, while others I am just in the right place at the right time. It can happen many ways, but you have to be patient.”

Photos by Holly Horner

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Photo by Holly Horner

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