Tip of the week: About Pets

You brought a pet to your home and so excited about it that all your pet hears is the shutter click of your camera, with probable flash popup from time to time; then realise that most images are either overexposed/underexposed, blurry and/or lack proper white balance with horrible colours ... excitement is normal and makes you wonder how should have been done in this photo session. Even if technically acceptable, they might turn out dull without life. Now I'm not saying that all will turn out like nor that we intend to do that, although out of excitement, we think our photos might turn out better than expected ... so how should those images be taken.

- Give space to your pet:


Now rodents normally tend to be afraid from noise and foreign movement; one of the reason is being a prey to almost every predator existing between big birds to foxes, wolves ... so just sitting in front of it might keep it in a corner or simply alert. Leave for a while while keeping your camera mounted on a tripod, controlling the camera remotely might be a good idea, using a long telephoto from a further distance might also work ... before all that, try keeping distance for some time. Best place in not a cage, try placing it in soil where digging is natural and therefore photos would turn out reflective to its natural habits.

- Get to play outside:

Dog running after ball

Your dog likes to run and explore. Try throwing a toy/ball and it will get and return back. At times your dog might be stubborn and won't leave the catch. Those are some of the moments, running towards you, figuring out where the ball is etc ... where it's just in an instinctive moment, away from the eye of the camera. A good prime might be a good idea with aperture wide open to isolate the moment or movement and reflect that expression. Your dog might just want to sit and relax after a long run or playtime ... that shot would be a lovely conclusion to a good time spent.

- Just don't sit there:

Kittens Playing . Two young cats playfighting outdoors.

A lazy cat is just lazy, take a photo of that anywhere will show how lazy it is. Might turn out funny but other options can be triggered. Exciting your cat with movement can turn a lazy cat to a less lazy cat. A kitten would show more of action but in both cases it turn a static photo into that of motion.Kittens are great outdoor where they play around and try climbing trees while training their claws. Just enjoy their action and keep space before them realising you and your camera.

Highland fold kittens playing together with balls,

All in all, keeping distance is key to better shots, even in a studio setting ... though there are always contrasts to what seem best, sensing a natural act and taking the shot regardless of the situation works as well. There are no specific guidelines there, just leave it be and add patience to the ingredients for further improving a good potential within the frame.

Hope that helps :)

Photo credits: Batuque, Brett Critchley, Isselee, Photog_67.

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May 23, 2019


Wonderful pet photography blog! Love it! William

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