Pets are a part of your family, so it is not surprising if you want to take your animal photography skills to the next level, just to photograph them. Here are a few tips to help you take amazing photographs of your pets to upload online, to print, and just to share with others:
1. Be patient and keep your camera ready
As a pet owner, you may know the tricks to keep them calm. However, just like kids, you pets may not be very co-operative when it comes to photography. Your furry friends may be excited and playful when you decide to have a professional photo shoot for them. Be patient enough; you will capture that precious moment.
2. Photograph their unique character
Every animal has something unique. A cat that loves to take a nap in a laundry basket or a dog that loves to catch a Frisbee should be photographed during those special moments of theirs. Observe your pet or think about his activities to find that unique character.
3. Use props and capture the action
Props will work wonders with puppies and kittens. Otherwise, you may end up chasing them around the backyard for hours and end up with no decent shots. Shoot in Shutter Priority mode to freeze the action. Focus can be set to continuous focusing. It is wise to use continuous shooting mode to get multiple shots. Hold down the shutter button as long as you need to capture the pet in action.
4. Plan the background
The last thing that you need is a busy background, which would make your pet indistinguishable from the background. Pick up ideal locations for the photo shoot or use a wider aperture setting to blur the background of the image.
5. Use natural light
Flash can annoy animals. Additionally, it gives washed out look for light colored animals. Also, with flash photography, your pets may end up with red eyes in the image. Take your pet for an early morning walk and photograph them in natural light.
6. Go macro
Pets are beautiful and expressive. Fill your frame with their beautiful eyes, fur, or even whiskers.
7. Try out telephoto and wide angle lenses
A telephoto lens is useful when you need to capture your pet from far away without disturbing him. Use a wide angle lens for a creative and fun perspective.
8. Get in the photo with your pet
Wouldn’t you want to capture some special memories with your furry friend to cherish forever? Use a remote trigger to take that photograph. If you have kids, do not miss the opportunity to photograph some cute moments. Animals love kids and vice versa. Shoot a lot as you may not be able to make them both corporate for a photo shoot.
Try out various techniques like tilt-shift or black and white photography when photographing pets. You may get some amazing results.
Are you pet owner? Photograph your pet right away. Do not forget to share links to your images with us in the comments below.