Photography Tips and Tricks of Capturing Those Furry Friends

Pets are part of the family.  Sometimes they listen better than our kids do and sometimes they have a mind of their own.  Photographing pets can be challenging but not if you know what you are doing and stay open minded.  A little determination can go a long way.  These tips can help!a-lot-of-dogs

  1. Be patient.
  2. Have an idea of what you want to capture but be flexible and go with the flow.  Being too rigid when it comes to pets will leave you frustrated and disappointed.
  3. If it’s possible, shoot pictures the pet’s environment.  Pets can have anxiety just like people when they are in a strange place.
  4. Try different angles and don’t forget to get down on their level.  Looking right into their eyes is more magical than looking at the tops of their furry heads.
  5. Avoid flash if possible. It can wash out your pets and you can lose detail.  It may also frighten some pets.
  6. If they are posing with a family get the family completely set first.  Bring a favorite toy or treat. Once the people are posed, then add the pet and pull out the toy to get them to look at your camera.  You have to be quick and this takes practice which leads me to my next point.
  7. Practice. Get your neighbors  and their pet schnauzer or lizard and practice.
  8. Know your equipment so you can adjust without thinking.
  9. Editing can really make a pet picture great!
  10. If all else fails, set your camera to continuous zoom and a fast shutter speed and just click away as they play.  You are bound to get a few awesome action photos.


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