Pets are as close as family and it is understandable if you want to keep and share memories with them. One of the best ways of capturing fond memories of your pet is by taking photographs. However, unlike human beings pets can be problematic when it comes to taking pictures. Going about the task can be overwhelming but the good news is that it can be done with a bit of preparation. Here are top tips on how to take photographs of your pet.
1. Get your pet to cooperate
One of the hardest things to do when photographing a pet is getting him or her to cooperate with you. There are many tricks which you can use to make sure that you get a good shot. The idea here is to get your pet to look towards your direction so that you can take the photo. One way of doing this is by working with another person. Most of the time, your pet will focus on the other person as opposed to you. In this case, you should think of standing next to that person so that the pet looks your way.
Just like other forms of photography, good lighting is very important. If you can, take your pet’s photographs where you can get natural lighting. If you want an indoor shot, make sure that you let as much natural light in as possible. If you want to take photographs at night and the lighting is dull, you may have to use a flash to capture clear and colourful images. The trick which every photographer must use when using flash photography is that you must not point the camera directly in the direction of the pet. This will scare them away. Instead, use a diffuser to soften the brightness of the flash.
3. Be patient
A perfect pet shot can be difficult to come by especially if you are taking your pet’s photograph for the first time. However, the process can be easy if you exercise patience. It is also important that you take as many photos as possible so that you can pick the best ones from the lot.
Once you get the perfect photograph of your pet, you can do a lot with it. For instance, you can print the photograph and hang it on your wall. You can also have the photograph framed like a portrait and send it to someone as a gift. With these tips, you can store your pet’s memories for a long time to come, so your patience and hard work will have paid off.
4. Take Motion Pictures
While most pet photographers would want to take photos when the pet is still, they do not realize that they can get even better shots while the pet is in motion. The best way to capture good motion pictures is by using a camera which has a fast shutter speed. You also need a good camera which can hold focus on moving objects. The other trick you could use is putting your camera in continuous focus mode as opposed to a single focus mode. The best way to take motion pictures is by letting as much light as possible into the room.
5. Schedule the Shoot
If you are planning to take your pet for a professional photo shoot, you may have to schedule the shoot at a time when the pet is sleepy or relaxed. This is because the professional photographer may not have the patience and the time to wait for the pet to relax and do a good pose. Always ensure that your pet is well-fed and comfortable before a shoot because they may be troublesome if hungry. If you can, schedule for the shoot to take place in a comfortable environment. If you can, ask the photographer to come to your home instead of working in an unfamiliar environment.
6. Catch your Pet by Surprise
Some of the best pet shots are actually taken when the pet is not looking. This is actually the best time to take a shot that reflects the personality of your pet. You can take shots of them playing or resting. You can also get someone to photograph the two of you doing something you love.