Ever wonder how the professionals get great animal photos? Getting your dog to sit in one place for any amount of time is helpful but you don’t need to have a trained stunt dog to capture the perfect photo. Here are a few tricks of the trade to get great pet photos this holiday season:
1. Use natural light – By using natural light you avoid using the flash, which not only causes red eye but can frighten your pet. Go outside or in a room with a big window to naturally light your picture.
2. Focus on the eyes – An animal’s eye can be very expressive. Stay focused on them to help bring your photo to life.
3. Go to your pet – Capture your pet in his/her natural environment. This will help keep him/her comfortable and more than likely result in a better shot. You can also sit on the floor or lay on your belly to get a shot from his/her eye level.
4. Give your pet Character – Help convey the character of your pet by getting of picture of him/her doing what he/she does best. If she is a lazy cat, capture her yawning. If he is a playful dog, get a shot of him fetching a toy.
5. Close up – Don’t be afraid to go in for a close up shot. Some of the best pet photos just fill the frame with a pet’s face.
6. Surprise your pet – Let your pet play while you set up your camera. When you are ready, whistle, or use a noise maker, to get his/her attention then quickly snap the shot.
7. Schedule accordingly – If you plan to schedule a photo session, do so accordingly, to make sure it’s when your pet is alert but not overly excited. Did he just wake up from a nap? Does she have lots of energy in the afternoon? Is he feeling sick? A grumpy dog, a tired dog, and a hyper dog do not make very good models.
8. Have patience – Taking pictures of animals is not easy and rarely works out on the first take. You may need to take several shots before you get a good one. If your dog is very excited, just wait a little bit and he will calm down.
9. Experiment – Try approaching your pet in different ways, from different angles, and in different positions. If you just focus on shooting a lot of pictures in the moment, you can worry about the results later.