May is National Photography Month, so we’re sharing some tips on how to take great photos of your pet that’ll be the envy of your friends and social media followers.
This might sound obvious, but it sets the foundation for taking great pet photos. Get to know your equipment before you start. If you use a smart phone, the cameras on these are fairly simple and seem to do most of the work for you.
What if you prefer a digital camera or a DSLR camera? These will have an automatic setting that can make things easier. Most of these cameras will also have other modes, such as portrait or sport. However, it’s still handy to familiarise yourself with the manual settings and how they work so you can make the most of your camera’s capabilities.
Bright photos are the most eye-catching and really highlight your pet’s features, and nothing achieves this better than natural lighting. Just be mindful of the sun’s position, as you don’t want your photos to be impacted by shadows or harsh sunlight.
If you have an indoor pet or you’re taking photos when the weather isn’t at its best, a well-lit indoor area should do the trick. Keep in mind that flash doesn’t always work well with pet photos. Using flash can wash out your pet’s features and make their eyes appear green in the photo.
The eyes really are the window to the soul. Wait for your pet to look directly at the camera, or face the camera at the very least. Sometimes an element of surprise can be the key here. When your pet is in position, try making a silly noise to attract their attention. Be ready to take the photo, because their attention may not last very long.
The most endearing photos are the ones that show off your pet’s character. After all, that’s what makes them so special and unique. Does your pet like to play? Run? Cuddle? Swim? Capture photos of your pet at their happiest and in an environment where they feel comfortable.
The most engaging pet photos are often those taken at the animal’s eye level, rather than from above. This also gives a more accurate depiction of your pet’s features and size.
Capturing the perfect photo takes time, so be patient with your pet. Remember, they may not understand exactly what you want from them. Try not to become frustrated, because your pet will probably sense this. Sometimes the best photos come from simply waiting and observing.
Photographing your pet should be an enjoyable experience for both of you. Relax, have fun and enjoy your time together, while you capture great memories in the process. Positive reinforcement is very important, so remember to praise your pet. Never punish them, as this is not effective and can cause distress.
If you notice your pet starts to become restless or uncomfortable, give them a break and resume the photography session later or another day. The last thing you want is to cause them any stress.