5 Tips for Taking that Perfect Pet Photo
Updated: Nov 5, 2020
Taking pictures of your pets is not for the faint of heart.
Most pets are constantly on the move, especially if they see a camera in your hand. They somehow know that's their cue to bounce around, hide behind the sofa, or run in circles around the room...anything but sit still.
But occasionally, you capture that perfect picture. Is it because you're a skilled photographer? Or did you just get lucky?
The answer is most likely, you just got lucky!
Try these expert tips to help relieve some of the anxiety for you and your pet while taking that picture-perfect shot:
1. Natural Light
The most important thing, no matter your subject, is good lighting.
Preferred natural lighting is found indoors next to a window. A large window works best for filling the room with natural light.
Photos taken directly in front of a window will make your pet appear as a silhouette. So taking photos next to a window instead of directly in front of it will give you the best results.
You can also go outdoors to find natural lighting. Early morning or late afternoon is the best time - before the sun sets too low.
2. Use a Fast Shutter Speed
If you know the technical aspects of adjusting manual settings, a faster shutter speed will catch your pets in motion, with less blur.
You can capture that fantastic photo of your pet chasing a ball, catching a frisbee, or jumping off a pier into the water by using a faster shutter speed.
3. Grab Their Attention
Much like taking a child's photo, use something to focus your pet's attention to another place. And then, quickly get their attention back toward you and snap the shot.
It helps to have another person to lend a hand. After all, four hands are better than two when it comes to getting that perfect picture...
But you'd better be quick before they hightail it off to wherever pets go when they don't want to be bothered with silly human stuff - like getting their picture taken.
4. Get on Their Level
It's hard to get a quality shot when you tower over your pet. Professional photographers suggest you get down on their level.
Now, that doesn't mean you need to lie down on the floor. If you're anything like me, you might have a hard time getting back up.
You can just squat - or even bend down closer to your pet. Zoom in to get that clear, up-close photo you'll be proud to show off.
5. Natural State
You always want to take a photo of your pet while they're in a natural state. When you try to "pose" your pet, it looks staged. Besides, who can pose a pet anyway? Dogs, maybe. Cats, impossible!
Sneak up on your pet while they're playing or napping to get that spontaneous photograph that's suitable for framing.
These are just a few tips for taking that perfect snapshot. Take lots and lots of pictures and you're sure to capture a few perfect shots to add to your photo album.
Remember. Be patient. When you succeed in getting the ideal photograph, you'll have that memory to cherish forever.