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Pet Photography: Tips for Capturing the Best Shots

January 16, 2014 General 0 Comments

Pet Photography: Tips for Capturing the Best ShotsPet photography can be more than a hobby. Students who master the skill of taking great pet photos can create some fantastic portfolio pieces and use that expertise in a professional capacity. Here are some tips for capturing the best possible shots.

Put your subjects at ease: Taking photos of pets requires that you be calm and patient. You need to put them at ease and help them to feel comfortable and safe. You can do this by choosing a well-lit area to take the photos. If it's too cold to go outside, choose a location with lots of natural light. This way you can avoid using a flash that can cause red eye and also startle the animal.

Form a connection with the animal: Get down on the animal's level by sitting on the floor. You want to be able to make eye contact and form a connection to get the most engaging and intimate shots. If you decide to use props, be sure to pick items that the pet is familiar with. If they're not interested, don't force the issue. You can try using toys to engage the animal and distract them from the camera. Sometimes this opens the opportunity to snap some very natural and engaged shots.

Show their personality: Try to focus on the animal's eyes to capture their personality and expressions, and convey the pet's character. Use the long lens to fill the frame with the pet's face, and get close up on the details such as fur, whiskers and paws.

Capture their attention: You can capture very endearing expressions by allowing the pet to get occupied with something and then whistling or calling their name. This is a great way to capture the most alert poses with head tilted, eyes looking straight at the camera and ears pricked up. You can also mimic animal sounds or use specific words or phrases the pet is familiar with to catch their attention.

Coordinate with the pet owner to pick a time for the photo session that suits the animal's normal routine. Knowing whether you want sleepy poses or action shots will help determine the best time to take photos.

Keep in mind that the best shots are natural, not posed. You may have to wait for the animal to settle to get the best shots. If you take your time and try different angles and approaches, your patience will pay off and your pet photography will look amazing.

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