Top tips for capturing your pets best angle
A Guide to Taking Great Pet Photos at Home
Having a photoshoot can be a fun way to spend time with your favourite furry friends. I should know! After spending years capturing weddings and human portraits I turned my attention to pets, having always been an avid animal lover. Recently I was thrilled to be featured in an article on amateur pet photography by Bupa Pet Insurance.
This got me thinking of some of the tricks and tips that you can incorporate at home so you manage to capture your pet’s best angle. I have compiled a list that you can use to take better photos of your pets. Try them out to take your portrait of your fur baby to the next level.
Switch up the Background
If you always take the same shots of your kitty lying on your lounge room carpet, try to change the scenery every now and then to keep your images from becoming stale. Find a unique rug or use the plants in your back garden as your new backdrop.
Trying out different locations can help to keep your animals interested too, as he engages with his new surroundings. If your four-legged friend is well-behaved in public, take him to a nearby park or dog-friendly beach for more scenic options. Morning and evening are the best times for outdoor shots, as the light is softer and more dispersed, illuminating your subject without casting glaring shadows. If you are shooting outside in the middle of the day, opt for a shady area with indirect sunlight.
Try an Action Shot
Wish you could capture Fido shaking after a swim, glistening droplets flying everywhere? Action shots can be a great way to capture the essence of your pet’s personality, but they do take practice. Make sure that you have ample lighting, and use a fast shutter speed if you can. If you’re using your smartphone, burst mode is a big help. It takes a burst of photos in short succession, capturing shots through the duration of a movement. Simply flip through them to see which one you like best, then make sure to share your favourites with your Instagram followers.
Focus on the Eyes
They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, and they are the most expressive part of your furry friend’s face. Try to evoke different expressions from your pet by making noises, shaking toys or hiding treats in your hand. Play around with different ways to get your pet’s attention until you find one that works for you. Switching it up frequently can help as well, as it will keep your pup or cat entertained and interested. Get in close with your camera to hone in on the eyes or find a vantage point further away and zoom in. But again variety is key, don’t always shoot from the same angle but mix it up.
Whatever techniques you use, taking photos of your furry friend can be a great way for the two of you to strengthen your bond and have some fun together. Don’t get discouraged if your photos don’t always come out perfectly. The point is to practice and have a good time; the good shots will come in time with patience.
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