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:
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.
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!