Take better Pet Photography Portraits
Capturing great pet portraits is the ultimate goal for any pet photographer. Professional Pet Photography is not only a lot of fun, but can also be quite challenging, especially with the array of different pets you may be working with. Unlike traditional portraiture, pets generally do not stand still and strike a pose. This unpredictability can however result in some amazing pet photography, with results that owners are guaranteed to cherish for years to come.
Below we have highlighted 5 tips that can help improve your pet photography:
1. Natural Light vs Flash
Natural light can often be a great option when photographing pets, as it produces a natural looking shot, and ensures that the subjects are not distracted by the sudden bursts of light. Another problem with using a flash is that it can often produce red-eye in pets a lot easier than in humans. Sometimes, such as indoors or in poor lighting, a flash may enhance the photo, but it is generally a good idea to avoid direct lighting, instead opting for a bounced flash.
2. Familiar Location
If you are photographing a nervous pet, it is often a great idea to choose a location that is familiar to them. If you are using a studio, perhaps you could consider using a mobile studio and setting it up within the pets home. Using a comfortable environment will enable you to capture the pets true personality, with a relaxed and familiar environment.
Mischievous pets also often behave better in familiar surroundings, as they are less likely to become distracted by the new location.
You do not want a series of images capturing a bored pet, so why not break out their favourite toy. Getting your pet excited, happy and moving is a great way to capture an array of shots, including some great action photos. Another benefit of getting pets moving is that they will eventually begin to tire, at which time you can capture them whilst they are still, which is particularly useful for those who have a lot of energy. You can also use a toy to ensure that pets look where you want them in order to capture the desired pet portraits, whether that be looking straight at the lens, or pensively in to the distance.
If you are photographing a pet for a client, ensure you allow for plenty of time. Patience is certainly imperative to ensuring you capture high quality pet portraits. Not all pets will welcome you with open arms, so it may take time for them to warm up to you. Other pets may not be in the mood to cooperate straight away. Pet photography is definitely unpredictable, so ensure you have patience and you will be rewarded with some fantastic photos. Some pets may be uncomfortable with the presence of a large camera pointing at them, so ensure you leave sufficient time for pets to become familiar with you and your kits presence.
When a pet does a great job, you can reward their behaviour with a treat. A treat doesn’t necessarily have to be food, but can also comprise of praise and scratch behind the ears. Reinforcing a pets behaviour when they are performing can ensure that they continue to act accordingly, and will certainly make the role of pet photographer a lot simpler.
If you follow the above pet photography tips, you are sure to achieve some great pet portraits for yourself or your clients.
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