Shooting Rover: Tips for Great Pet Photography

Who doesn’t love capturing great shots of their pets—whether dogs, cats, ferrets or parrots? But let’s face it, animals have a mind of their own, and getting good pictures can be a challenge. If your pets are anything like mine, the instant you point a camera in their direction, they either run up to explore the lens, or take off for their favorite hiding place. However, if you use our techniques, you’re sure to get at least one great photo of your favorite critter.
Stock up on your pet’s favorite treat. Professional animal trainers don’t keep a pile of treats around for nothing! Use a treat as an enticement to stay put, or as a reward for posing like a pro.
Get close, but not too close. Most animals are small when compared to humans. If you shoot them from across the room, you won’t be able to tell that your pet was the subject of your photo. Move in close and try to fill the frame with man’s best friend. However, don’t get TOO close—or your pet’s nose will look bigger than his head!
Use the continuous shooting mode. The default setting for most digital cameras and orlando convention photo booths is single shot mode, and if you’ve already tried to (unsuccessfully) photograph your pet, you know this doesn’t work! With continuous shooting mode, your camera can take several photographs in quick succession. This is a must-have if you have a pet that doesn’t like sitting still.
Burn up those pixels! You don’t have to pay for film or processing, so shoot as many pictures as it takes to capture the perfect one. The more pictures you shoot, the better your chances of getting a winner.
Dial in the red eye setting. Just like humans, using flash with pets can produce the red eye effect. If you’re going to use flash, take advantage of the built-in red eye feature. (But don’t worry if you forget—almost all image editing software has an automatic red eye remover).
Use color to your advantage. If you have a brown dog, don’t pose him on a brown couch! Either place your pet against a contrasting background, or add a cute bow or kerchief that complements his colors. For example, use an emerald green kerchief on a black cat, or a red bow on a brown dog.
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