The professionals tend to make pet photography look easy, but wrangling a wayward pet and getting them to stay still enough to take a photo, is extremely challenging. Many people give up trying to take photos of their pets, simply because they won’t stay still, however, it is possible to take amazing photos of one’s pets. This article will cover a few smart tips and techniques that will enable anyone to take the most amazing pet photos.
Always be sure to get relaxed yourself first, before trying to get the animal relaxed. Most animals and pets in particular are like emotional sponges. They pick up on the emotions of their humans and then portray those same emotions. Therefore, its best to get as relaxed as possible and the pet will follow suit. It may be best to simply sit on a chair and massage the animal until everyone is as relaxed as possible before the photo shoot.
Focus should be placed on the pet’s eyes since they are the most emotional and expressive part of the animal. Now, in order to elicit more interesting eye and facial expressions, a well timed puppy whine just before the camera click will ensure a very interesting photo. Making puppy whines will make a dog pay complete attention, which would be the perfect time to take the picture. Of course, if the pet is a cat, then some adorable kitten meows will do the trick.
Before even taking out the camera, it is essential to set up the background and get rid of any clutter. A wonderfully expressive photo of a pet can be easily ruined by a garden hose in the background or stray cups or toys on a table. These items are also quite distracting to the pet and they may opt to play with them as oppose to paying attention for the photo. So, make sure to set the scene before getting the pet ready and clear out anything that is not wanted in the photo.
A good rule of thumb is to take photos that are on the same level as the animal, instead of taking the photos from high above them. This can be done by getting accustomed to taking pictures by the hip or getting on the ground, to take the picture. Alternatively, if the pet cat is high up on a branch, then use a stool to stand on and take the picture. These pictures will look quite natural since they would have been taken in the animal’s world.
Always make sure there is great lighting. Sufficient light is essential in order to truly capture the animal’s expressions and essence. So, avoid taking photos in the night or in dark rooms or spaces. Be sure to set up light fixtures if necessary or time the pictures accordingly for the best results.
Pet photography can be quite challenging but it is more than worth the effort. These furry creatures are well loved and they should always be immortalized by photos that actually capture their magnificence.