There’s nothing quite like the joy of owning a pet, except for maybe that moment when you take the perfect photograph of your four-legged friend. But nailing a good pet photo can be as difficult as herding cats, sometimes literally. So here are some tips to help you capture the ultimate moment with a furry friend:
1) Don’t be too flashy.
Try to use natural light whenever possible. A camera’s flash burst will often scare animals and create unwanted red-eye.
2) Give a dog a bone...or a squeaky toy
Nothing calms an anxious pup like something to chew on. There’s no shame in using a treat to get your subject to sit still for moment. When using a squeaky toy, hold it behind the camera to make sure your pooch is looking in the right direction.
3) Lookout for scaredy cats.
Many animals, especially cats, startle easily so try and be quiet. Non-verbal communication often works better than shouting commands to get your subject to engage with the camera.
4) If you lie down with dogs, you get up with good photos.
Don’t be afraid to get down on all fours and be eye-level with the animal your photographing. It will make them more comfortable and it is easier to focus on their face and facial expressions from their level.
5) Be patient.
Animals work on their own schedule. So, be prepared to follow them around until they are comfortable enough to act naturally around you and the camera.
6) Take a hike
Photographing pets at play is a great way to capture their unique personalities. If a dog enjoys playing on the beach, snap some photos in the sand. Does your cat love chasing bugs in the garden? Take it outside to capture her in her element.
One aspect to remember with pet photography is that if you miss a moment, it’s not likely to be repeated. Thus, it’s important to bring the right equipment to any shoot. Here’s a basic list of what you’ll need:
-a prime lense with autofocus 50mm (works great for pet portraits)
-a telephoto lens 70
-200mm (best for outdoor and action shots)
-treats (peanut butter is perfect making dogs more expressive)
-poop bags (self-explanatory)
Once you’ve taken an amazing pet photo, what’s the best way to display it?
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