The perfect shot: Tips and tricks for taking photos of your pets
Taking great photos of your pet can be a challenge, which is why some studios specialize in animal photography.
Unfortunately, the animals do not know how to position themselves to present their good profile to us, which can give us the impression that the success of our session lies only in luck. However, there are effective tips and tricks that will allow you to get excellent photos of your pet, almost every time!
Capture it all!
Take snaps of your pet in action, catching a ball, swimming or even after one of his bad shots. Always remember that while a picture is worth a thousand words, every photo should say a lot. These images will become memories that will evoke your story.
Surprise your pet
It can be difficult to surprise your pet, but it can lead to some very interesting shots. The simple act of capturing images of your pet in its natural environment can lead to unique memories.
Get his attention
If you want to capture their attention, be sure to show them how responding to your requests can be good for them! Have a few treats on hand, they will catch your pet's eye and reward him for his efforts.
Place yourself at the height of your companion
One of the most common mistakes in a photo session with a pet is not standing at their height. Squatting or sitting on the ground gives you a better view. Indeed, perspective is an interesting tool to use. You can even try placing the camera on the ground to get a different look at your little pet.
Above all, you will need patience in order to get great pictures of your pet. Your partner probably doesn't know what you're trying to accomplish or why, but if you stay calm and positive, you're much more likely to get their cooperation. Your partner is probably very sensitive to your emotions and if you become frustrated, they may be too. So, if you feel that you are running out of patience, postpone the session to another time!
Wait for the right moment
Just like you, your pet has moods and sometimes they just prefer to sleep! Thus, it is important to choose the right moment, depending on the type of photo you want to take. If you want to take pictures of your pet in action, wait until it stands up and asks for your attention. Conversely, if you want to take pictures when he is sleeping or lying down, wait until he gets tired to capture your photos. It's up to you to adjust, not your pet!
Create the opportunity
It may be worth bringing your pet to a field or beach where it can run free (or jump into the water)! An out-of-the-ordinary location will certainly create opportunities for you to capture beautiful images.
Think about the background
When planning a photo shoot, think about the background. Make sure the space isn't too cluttered, opt for a neutral background instead, which will make your subject stand out!
In the absence of professional lighting, it is often preferable to use a natural light source. You'll get warmer, more interesting shots when your pet is placed near a window or in a shady corner of the yard. Conversely, using a flash may create shadows and give your companion red eyes. When possible, side lighting generally gives better results than front lighting.
depth of field
The depth of field can help emphasize the subject: your pet! If you're using an automatic digital camera or your cell phone, consider the portrait option to soften the background and focus on your animal. If your pet is moving too quickly, opt for automatic mode instead, to avoid blurry images.
Our pets are an important part of our lives, and having memories of our times with them is truly precious. If you approach this activity with patience and positivism, and if you accept the fact that you will not always succeed, you will find that animal photography can be very enjoyable and may even be easier than you thought!