I’m not a lawyer, these are just common sense advice.
Can you publish and
use photos you’ve taken in a zoo and earn money from the photos
you’ve taken in a zoo?
Ask the zoo in
advance, preferably send them an email so you’ll have it in
writing, and save this for later.
Most zoos are privately owned and may have different views on the professional use of photos taken in their zoo. Quite a lot of zoos are happy for the extra attention they’ll get from your work, but don’t assume. Some countries have different rules than your country, so when you travel, be extra alert. Again; ask in advance, or if it’s a spur of the moment ask them after your visit.
Another thing to be
aware of is that not all stock agencies accept photos of animals shot
in a zoo.
photography can be done either with a camera that has been modified
or a standard camera where one use a filter to block out the normal
There are two very
obvious drawback of having a camera converted to be a dedicated
camera for infrared photography.
Can’t use it for normal photography
There are several advantages of having a dedicated infrared camera, but for me the main problem with using a standard camera with an infrared filter on was that I had to set up my scene and then carefully screw on my infrared filter on. Further I had to take some educated guesses on how long I should expose the shot. Looking thru the view finder would naturally not help me much at this stage as all non-infrared light was blocked…
If I only shot landscape this might have worked for me, but I didn’t. Not easy to set everything up and then having a person sit absolute still for a minute or two…
I have had two cameras converted to infrared photography.
The cameras were converted by lifepixel.com. I have no affiliation with them. I did some research and they seemed like a good company, no problem shipping my cameras from Norway to them and they shipped the modified camera to me with no issue, so when I got my second camera I saw no reason to change.
The first camera I got converted was a Panasonic G2.
This camera I got quite cheap, in fact, it cost more to convert it than what I got it for. This one was converted with what Lifepixel calls Super Color IR Filter.
Super Color IR Filter (equivalent to 590nm Filter) Provides for a super vibrant foliage and intensely colorful sky. With the red & blue channels swapped the foliage takes on a golden orange tone and sky a beautiful royal blue. The most surrealistic, color infrared filter available. You may be surprised to know this IR filter is also great for black & white IR photography, especially if you want full control of all the elements and love tinkering in Photoshop.
The Second camera I got converted was a Nikon Coolpix P6000.
The reason I got this was I wanted a smaller camera, that shot raw and had GPS. The GPS on this camera turned out to be terrible, so it’s rarely been used. I wanted a different conversion on this one so I went with their Super Blue conversion option.
Super Blue IR Filter This is our 1st patent pending color infrared filter that allows you to capture color IR images with the blue sky straight out of camera without the need for Photoshop channel swaps. Its very unique as it behaves completely differently than all other infrared filters because it actually has 2 distinct pass bands. The super blue filter passes blue light as well as infrared light thus allowing for super saturated blue skies straight in camera! Another great side benefit is it’s transmission of ultraviolet light making it possible to also to photograph UV light with a proper external UV only filter to block the rest of the spectrum. One can also use an external filter to block the blue wavelengths and photograph infrared light, similar to our Standard IR filter.