9 PET PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS – GEORGE PROXENOS
Our pets have a very special place in our hearts and we all enjoy having their photographs framed and on our desk, computer desk top or our wall. However taking pictures of your best friend is not always easy. Pets, unlike humans, do not understand what we are trying to do and won’t just pose for the camera!
Here are 9 tips that will help you help you get the most of your photo session.
1. Use Natural Light
If possible always use natural light when photographing your pet. Avoid flash, as a flash burst can, not only cause red-eye, but also frighten the animal. Instead try to go outside or, if it is not possible, shoot in a room well lit by a large window.
2. Keep the Eyes Sharp
Having sharp eyes is important in any kind of portraits photography. As they say, “Eyes are the Window to the Soul” and pets eyes can be very expressive. So make sure to focus on your pet’s eyes and keep the tack sharp.
3. Get down
It is very essential that you pet feels comfortable and at ease, so instead of forcing them to come to you go to them. Most important is to get down to their level.
We all know how a dog looks when viewed from above, this is the way we always see them. Show us the way they see the world! Sit on the floor or lie on your belly and remember to shoot from their eye level or below.
4. Give Value to their Character
You know your pet better than anyone else and a successful picture is one that conveys the character of its subject. If you have a lazy cat, show him yawning; if your animal is of a playful type show her in action performing her favourite trick.
5. Go Macro
Put on that long lens and fill the frame with your pet’s face and fur, close up shots often make beautiful animal portraits.
6. Surprise Them
One of the most difficult things is to let your pet hold still. An easy trick is to let him play quietly and, once you have everything ready, let someone call for him or whistle. This will surprise him and get his attention and you will have a few seconds to capture him in an alert posture.
7. Schedule your Session
If you are longing for a formal pet portrait shot, try to schedule the photo session when you’re animal is somewhat sleepy or has just woke up it will be much easier to keep her still then. If you want a more dynamic shot then pick a time when your pet is energetic.
8. Be Patient
Pet photography requires a lot of patience. No matter how excited your furry friend is, if you are patient enough, he will end up by relaxing and you will have the opportunity to get a decent shot.
Take your time and enjoy the session, try different approaches, angles and compositions. Shoot a lot, you will have time to worry about the results later.