Here’s some tips to help you get great pics of your pets.

Capture your pet’s personality:
When taking pictures of your pet, stay true to their character—just like you would for a portrait of a person.  Before you start snapping, consider what makes your pet unique and how you can best portray those qualities.  You’ll be more likely to capture your pet’s true personality if you take photos of them in a favorite spot or while engaging in a favorite pastime, like playing fetch or taking a nap in a sunny spot.

Try something new. For example, consider photographing your pet upside down! This yields a particularly amusing photo when the animal has droopy jowls, like bulldogs and boxers. Just roll him or her over, give their belly a rub, and take your shot!

If you have more than one animal, use this opportunity to depict the special relationship between your pets. For example, try to catch them snuggled up on the couch or playing together outside.

Capture your pet's personalityCatch your pet in motion:
Pets can be active and spontaneous, which makes them exciting playmates, but challenging photo subjects.  Follow these tips to avoid a blurry photo of your furry friend:

Prevent shutter lag (the pause from the moment you press the shutter to when the camera takes the photo): hold the shutter button halfway down, wait for your subject to make their move, and then press the button down the rest of the way.

Many cameras have a built-in Action shooting mode that automatically accelerates your shutter speed so you can avoid the blur associated with motion. Use a tripod or brace yourself against a stationary object so it’s easier to hold the camera still.

Zoom in on your favourite detailsZoom in on your favourite details:
It’s the small things that matter. Capture the detail of your pet’s whiskers or the texture of their fur with a great close-up shot.

Use your camera’s zoom feature to get close—an ideal way to take a picture of a sleeping pet without waking them up. Zoom in on your pet after the photo is taken using the cropping tool available in most basic photo editing packages.

Avoid glowing pet eyes:
Similar to the red-eye effect in photos of people, pet’s eyes also reflect light from a camera flash. This reflection (pet-eye) appears as different colors, most often green or yellow. Because pet-eye is not always red, automatic red-eye removal tools are usually unable to eliminate it. Try the following tips to help prevent this glow in the first place:

Whenever possible, avoid using your camera’s flash. If you need additional lighting, consider using other sources, like lamps.

Stand farther away from your subject (remember, you can always crop in closer later).

To prevent the flash from directly hitting your pet’s face and eyes, shoot from an angle instead of straight on.

Thanks to Hewlett Packard for these tips. Please feel free to leave comments with any of your own tips :)


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  1. Anonymous
    Posted December 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    I must say it takes patience and persistence to get a great shot, in the right place at the right time, and not always an expensive camera, it is a matter of playing with your camera, & using some of those features the sales guy suggests or out of the manual can help,

    But if you are like me, look for a story, your pet being the subject, try to show some surroundings to help tell the story, eg sky, grass, trees etc, these look more natural, than set up photos eg, studio portraits.
    Most importantly have fun, with your camera and your pet, I do.
    Especially when I get lovely photos like above, it adds to the benefits of spending time with your pet, a great keep sake.

    Jo

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