Pet Pictures

We all know how difficult it is to get a good shot of our pets when they’re not sleeping, so how do we take a successful shot of them while they’re awake?
By Pets Team
Published on Thursday, 28 October 2010

We all know how difficult it is to get a good shot of our pets when they’re not sleeping, so how do we take a successful shot of them while they’re awake?

The following tips can help you improve your pet photography.

Don’t use the flash

The flash tends to come right at a dog and may startle it. And unless you are using a professional camera such as a DSLR, the photo usually turns out phony and poorly-lit.

Natural light

Bring your dog to an area with lots of natural lighting, he will appreciate that he won’t be seeing spots in his eyes for the next hour or so.

Comfort

Your dog will be happiest in its natural environment and it will show in the photos. If he likes the couch, take pictures of him there! If he’s a natural floor sitter, get down to his level. If your dog likes wearing clothes and posing, snap away! These candid shots make for great photographs.

Look for contrasts

This is important because if you have a black dog sitting on a black couch, chances are you’ll find it hard to see where the couch ends and where the dog begins. It’s simple – just look for something that contrasts your dog nicely. A brown dog on a pink rug would work out nicely!

Trigger happiness

Experts agree that only a few of your shots will ever make the grade. So, get trigger happy and fire as many shots as you can. The more pictures, the better your excellent-to-oops ratio will be.

Target the eyes

A dog’s eyes are extremely expressive and can yield touching images. Do close-ups of his face for a different type of portraiture. Don’t worry about red eyes, that can be fixed with any photo-editing software.

Be patient

Dogs do whatever they like. They squirm and even run out of the frame but don’t be in a hurry to snap the perfect shot. Your dog may suddenly do something wonderfully spontaneous (as they are apt to do) and the resulting photo will make you seem genius.