Pets are an important part of many people’s lives. Feeding and caring for a pet increases the senseof responsibility and takes away loneliness. For many people, pets are their companions and at times; the only ones they have. Do you know how important pets are? Psychology has proven that cuddling with a pet can reduce stress, loneliness and anxiety.
As pets are an important part of your life, would you not want to take some pictures of your them? It’s a great idea to capture some memorable images of the furry member of your household. However, there are some things you’ll want to keep in mind while snapping those shots! You may be amazed to know that cats and dogs are found to be in the top ten list on the most wanted types of content people care about.
Unlike humans, taking photographs of pets can sometimes be quite difficult. The good news is that with a few simple hacks and camera settings, you can now to capture the pictures you want. Here are 10 tips for amazing, professional-looking photos of your pets. If you are a pet owner, you cannot emphasize enough on the presence of your furry pal on all your social media image handles
1. Eye level it
Making sure that you hold the camera at eye level with the pet to take a picture is quite a natural posture. If you just snap a photo of your pet from a normal standing position, the result may be quite unimpressive. This way, your pet ends up just looking small and insigniﬁcant. It is much better if you you get right down to your pet’s level. For smaller pets, if that might mean lying down with your camera on the ground. Remember, this simple step makes a huge difference in the photo angle and dimension.
2. Light up!
It is always best to take photographs outside. As a rule of the thumb, natural lighting is the most flattering for taking photos. Moreover, it generally doesn’t need a flash and we never recommend using a flash as it frightens animals and might even cause retinal damage. If you choose the right time, you can get some really great pictures of your pets. The best lighting for photography is at late morning or in the evening. That is when the sun is lower in the sky but gives you rich and warm glowing light. Photographers often refer to these hours between afternoon and sunset as the golden hours. If you wish to take indoor photos , try to take them near a large window with loads of sunlight pouring in.
3. Eye to eye.
For your pets portrait shots, make sure your camera has your pet’s eyes in its focus. A pets eyes are core of its cuteness and has an innocence that human eyes do not. A perspective at or below the eye-level gives the picture a nice touch of intimacy. It is advisable to use the magic rule of the thirds by envisaging a 3×3 grid in your lens and then hen positioning your pet’s eyes along the gridlines.
You should know the fact that your pet doesn’t have to be staring directly at your camera for you to take great pictures of your them. Pets have a personality too and candid shots can reveal that personality. Are they playful and silly? Bored or happy? Make memories of them playing with their favorite toy, doing their favourite signature pose or that glimmer of excitement in their eyes. A candid photo of them gobbling up their favorite treat can also reflect the pets health and happiness. Animals can not and do not need to pose for you to take pictures of them.
5. Calm vibe.
Even if you want to catch some fun filled action shots of your pet, it’s crucial that you remain calm while taking pictures. Do not bombard them with a constant stream of commands and requested as that will stress out your pet and that will show up in pictures. Moreover, it may manifest fear in the animal for cameras and photography. The use of gentle commends and soft music is recommended by animal photographers. Do not try to force a good picture by asking the animal to pose. Find a good picture yourself. After all, you are the photographer!
6. Treat time!
Nobody works for free, Don’t make your pet model work for you for free. While taking pictures, you should have your pet’s favourite treats and toys. This can be used as a rewarding training for your pet’s cooperation throughout the photo shoot. After they hold a pose correctly, you should treat them right away, even if you didn’t exactly get the shot you wanted. Come on! The animal tried its best! You have to understand that the photo shoot will only be fruitful if the animals are engaged and having fun. Rewarding is thus important just as it is crucial to take breaks so that your pets do not get tired.
7. Cut down clutter.
For great pictures of your pet, you have to cut down on the visual clutter. A plain background, is the best way to take clear shots of your pet. If there are a lot of visual distractions in the background, your pets cuteness could get lost in the clutter. Keep objects to the minimal in the frame to ensure that your pet is the main focus of the image. However, if the background is part of the story you want your photo to tell, keep it simple. Try to avid objects in the background that have the same hue as your pet’s fur.
8. Speed it up.
Maybe you are a pet photography blogger and need great photos for your blog posts of your pet. For pet photography you’ll be needing a fast shutter speed (try 1/250sec or above) and the right aperture if your pet is moving quickly. Using your DSLR, the shutter priority mode will allow you to set the shutter speed whilst the camera automatically selects an appropriate aperture. You must be able to wait patiently and attentively for the perfect moment, or if you are impatient; use continuous mode. Continuous or burst mode gives you a sequence of shots to choose from. These days, phone cameras are usually equipped with continuous mode too.
9′ Let other join in!
Pictures are a way to connect and make memories. Don’t be shy, get involved! You can set the camera to timer-mode and snap pictures with your pet. Nevertheless, if you wish to stay behind the lens, make sure that you have other pets or family members pop into the frame. The more the merrier! Remember, pet photography is all about having a good time. Get the family involved with the pet by playing around or capturing the charm of a quiet cuddly moment between the pet and the family members.
10. Swing with the mood.
Your pet has a personality and mood of its own. The pet might not be in a mood to take photos. Maybe they are feeling agitated, hungry, hyper, , distracted, tired, or not well and do not wish to take photos. That’s OK. You need to be patient. Even if your photo shoot didn’t go well as your pet was not in the mod, keep your calm as there’s always another time. Work harder on your camera skills using stuffed toys till your animal is in the mood
With these ten tips, you will soon become a pro at taking good pet pictures. Just take many pictures so that you will have a great time deciding which ones are the best. Taking pictures with your pet or of your pet must be a fun filled experience. Make sure that you and your pet enjoy it!