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Guide to Removing Glare/Fencing in Zoo Photography by HOTNStock Guide to Removing Glare/Fencing in Zoo Photography by HOTNStock
A lot of people have asked me if I have special access to animals because my photography does not have glass glare or fencing in the way. I have a basic method that I use in Photoshop to remove any glare or fencing marks that end up in my photos. I mentioned making this guide a long time ago. I finally found the motivation today to put it together.

Hopefully this will be helpful to some of the other zoo photographers out there. Currently, I use Photshop CS5 but I have also used this method in Photoshop Elements 8 and it worked.

Let me know if I missed anything or if I should go into more detail on a specific point in a different guide.
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[Stock & Resources] A great tutorial with some tips on how to edit out annoying fences from your animal photos! A quick and easy method. Guide to Removing Glare/Fencing in Zoo Photography by *HOTNStock ( Featured by PirateLotus-Stock )

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calavel Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a lot of pictures I can practice this on. Thank you!
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Glamourcat Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
This will be very useful!  I love going to our local zoo, but hate that glass glare that gets in the way of my favorite animals!  Thanks for sharing.
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Jess-Foxx-Quinn Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
AWSOMENESS!!! I volunteer at the local zoo and take dozens of pics a week. I get frustrated sometimes when the plexiglass and fencing ruins a great shot. I am so going to use this. Thanks 100 times over :D
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HOTNStock Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
:D Of course! I'm glad that it will help!
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Raspberrychan3 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is amazingly helpful! Thanks for this!
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HOTNStock Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Glad it helps!
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Amanthus Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for this informative tutorial. I have some pictures with this issue and now I can address the problems with glare directly.
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HOTNStock Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
:D Glad that it will be of help to you!
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Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a great tutorial I photograph a lot when I go to zoos (or places with fences like this)n and those lines really annoy me:stare: a life-saver tutorial:nod:
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HOTNStock Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Glad that it's useful!  It's a pretty specific niche of people who will find this helpful but I'd figured I would share what I've learned over the past few years.
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NOKIAandLATASH Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
really thank you
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HOTNStock Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
:) Np ~
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FARTYTREEFROG Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
awww --thanks man;) (Wink)
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HOTNStock Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Of course!
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FARTYTREEFROG Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Very Amused Emoticon
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animegirl007 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Thanks for the tips :nod:
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HOTNStock Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
No problem!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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HOTNStock Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
:D Thank you very much! 
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ScentofPetrichor Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Yay, thank you so much!
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HOTNStock Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
:) No problem!
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daaku-no-tenshi Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Zoos should provide "shooting spots" for photographers. There's a growing amount of young photographers who use zoo-kept wildlife as their subjects.
It's a good niche market for business. Zoos could even make money renting areas or specific times devoted to photographing their wildlife stock.
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HOTNStock Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Some zoos and wildlife centers actually do this.  I tend to visit smaller zoos and I think that there are a lot of liability issues when it comes to allowing people beyond the regular visitor spots.  Many newer exhibits tend to have glass viewing windows (though glass glare is also a pain) but unfortunatly most zoos just lack the funds to renovate their older exhibits to make them more photographer friendly.  One place I visit is actually painting all of their fences with flat black paint which really helps since the silver metal is awful in photos (and painting the fences is cheaper than replacing them).
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daaku-no-tenshi Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My experience with a lot of the zoos I've been to is glare causes more issues than bars. I can usually find areas where I can have the lense look through without the need of ANY bars being seen... but glass enclosures are unavoidable, and it's awful if it's sunny.

My favourite enclosures are the open, fenced off ones, but few animals can be held in safely in such a way. I also like the 'indoor rainforests', like Randers Regnskov in Denmark. Basically a huge dome and you walk around like you're in a massive greenhouse containing a rainforest, with many of the animals simply walking around freely. No borders, no fences.. if the enclosure has walls they're specifically designed rocks that make the place look natural, but still hold larger, more dangerous creatures at bay. Others will just... come right up to you, like tiny deer, sloths, capuchins and tortoises. Thankfully, I've yet to have my camera eaten. ;)
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OwlNightWarrior Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student General Artist
That is an absolutely amazing idea! Being a photographer who loves to takes pictures of animals, I know how hard it can be to get a good shot at a zoo. You should really recommend this to them! <3 the idea
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daaku-no-tenshi Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :)

A lot of the zoos I've been to mostly have perimeter fencing around each enclosure with no real areas for cameras to "look" through. I was thinking they could install stairs/platforms, or areas within the fencing for cameras to fit through, perhaps even guided tours inside of enclosures for photographers or install some hides along the fencing or, if the paddock is large enough, within the enclosure itself.

Like Hotnstock says though, the main issue is the red tape and liability issues involved, which is why I think they'd be pay-for-use in the end, with customers having to sign off on using them.
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OwlNightWarrior Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, the technicality of it all is a bit rough, and it would probably end in having to pay, like you said. But if someone gets a good shot, I think it would be worth it.
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daaku-no-tenshi Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If the whole service ends up with the photographer having a set of VERY professionally made shots under their OWN ownership then they could potentially make a profit using them in books or for commissions. I think it'd be a great idea, it's just a case of knocking out finer details. :p
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NordLyset Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot!
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HOTNStock Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
No problem!
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WaterFaerieNaomi Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for creating this tutorial. It's spectacular and very well informative! 
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HOTNStock Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
No problem! I glad you find it helpful.  I was worried while making it that it was too vague and no specific enough (due to my belief that practice is everything, lol).
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faerietaledreams Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great, thanks so much!
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HOTNStock Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
:) Glad you like it!
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diphylla Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats on the Daily Deviation! :pumpkin:
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HOTNStock Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Thank you! I was really surprised today when I logged on and saw it!
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diphylla Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
welcome!
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Lord-Darcy Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
:iconcongratsddplz:
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HOTNStock Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
:D Thank you!
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Lord-Darcy Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
You're welcome
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EsebeiDoran Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Where the HECK were you when I needed these tips for my senior year?!? COME BACK! I WON'T HURT YOUKirby Chainsaw Emoticon  Run Away 
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HOTNStock Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
:iconscaredplz: No thanks! I think I'll keep running... I could use some exercise.

I probably hadn't figured these tips out myself when you needed them? (or at least we'll pretend?)
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mizzmint Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on having your work featured as one of today's DD's! :glomp:
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HOTNStock Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Thank you! :dummy:
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mizzmint Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome :hug:
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Congrats on the DD! :dalove: Have a nice day! :heart:
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HOTNStock Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Thank you! :)
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    My pleasure :happybounce:
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Kirschenwasser Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulation to the well deserved DD! Sun :happybounce:
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HOTNStock Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
:D Thanks so much!
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