If you were to judge the kind of relationship people have with their pets by the pictures they took of them, you would never guess how deep it could run. In the photos people have of their pets, the animals usually end up with none of the liveliness or charm they usually have in real life. If you think about it, pet photography usually produces pictures in which the pets in question appear all stiff and posed, just the way people get all self-conscious when they face a camera. How do you bring your pet’s charm and character out front and center when you wish to take a picture? These pet photography tips should help.
The first thing you want to be aware of is that posing an animal just doesn’t work?any more than posing a person works. Your pet isn’t a trained model; just let the animal be however it wishes to be. If you wish to bring out a kind of expression in your pet, try to do that with a couple of favorite toys or treats. All you need to think about ahead of a photo shoot is making your pet comfortable doing whatever it knows to do best.
Speaking of models, did you ever think of rewarding your pet for posing well? It certainly works for human models. Pets happen to be all about being rewarded interesting treats for doing something well and earning your approval. Make sure that you are completely involved in the whole photography exercise; your pet is going to notice your involvement and decide that it could pay to be involved as well. Carry a pack of really good treats with you and you will have your pet’s undivided attention. That’s what makes for for the fun pet.
Using a flash can be a big no-no in pet photography. To a pet, the camera with its big eye-like lens can be a bit disconcerting. Try and get your pet comfortable with the camera by being really friendly and full of treats and playfulness when you are shooting. You should probably help calm your pet down when he thinks that he is being eyed by this large unblinking lens.
The thing with pet photography is the same as it is with baby photography. You take the camera to the baby and command the baby to strike attractive poses and nothing happens. You just make a baby comfortable and happy, and hope that some kind of truly expressive pose comes about. Be sure that your have your camera ready for burst mode and be on the alert. If you do miss a very attractive moment, you could try to re-create the scene to help your pet do the same thing over again.