Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Photo Tip Tuesday: Pet Portraits

I was inspired to write this post after reading this article by Kim Brebach from the Digital Photography School. Pets can be such fun subjects to shoot and people looove to see them! Just check out Flickr sometime if you don't believe me. Here are some tips I've come up with for better pet portraits:

1. Patience

Apollo on Seth's lap. He didn't just stick his tongue out on command! Patience...

This may seem like a no-brainer but it's definitely key when taking pictures of pets. For every good shot I have of an animal, I probably have about 15 losers. Just getting them to look at you and give you the time of day period is an exercise in patience! Take the time and be persistent.

2. Get Low

Katie the German Shepherd was grateful that I did not make her get up to take this shot.

If your pet is on the ground, get down there too. Your picture will look so much better if you are on their level, right there with them from their point of view. It's also probably not an angle you generally shoot from and it can be a cool perspective.

3. Fast shutter speed/high ISO

Considering how fast animals can move, make sure you have your shutter speed set accordingly. Shooting on an automatic setting does not usually do this for you. If you have the "action" setting option on your camera that looks like a
little running man, set it to that. If you're inside, consider a higher ISO. High ISOs can lead to graininess but you don't want a seriously blurred image so you can probably deal with some grain.

4. Stick a person in the shot

Abby getting a hug from Nicky

A person's relationship with their pet is special. Without posing them, just watch them interact and try capture those little moments. If the love is there, these pictures will just take themselves.

I have a few more tips on pet pics but I will save it for a later post. Have fun shooting!

1 comment:

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