1. Get down low:
This was my biggest problem in the past - taking photos from overhead. They just don't look very interesting. Now I lay on the ground to get the best vantage point (yep even outdoors -- our neighbours must wonder).
|f/4.5, 1/13, 1600ISO|
Doesn't this look much better (even though he closed his eyes -clearly he was bored by my attention).
|f/4.5, 1/13, 1600ISO|
2. Fill the Frame:
We talked about this back in November, but it's key for taking interesting pet photos. Try to avoid a busy background, zoom right in on your pet, and make sure that the eyes are sharply focused.
I also read to make sure not to cut off anybody's ears. Here are two shots, one with full ears and one cropped in half. I can't say for sure if that cropped ear bothers me. What do you all think?
|f/3.5, 1/20, 100ISO|
3. Use natural lighting:
We all know that natural lighting is the best for taking any photo, but it is particularly important when taking pet photos. Furry faces, especially darker ones, can have their features washed out in unnatural light. (check out the post on exposure compensation which can be helpful with darker pets). Flashes, of course, will be seen in the eyes.
|f/4.9, 1/60, 250ISO|
Any photo becomes more interesting if there is a story that appears to be playing out. In this shot, you can see Owen pining to get outside and it makes the shot more appealing.
|f/5.6, 1/8, 200ISO|
|f/4.9, 1/250, 80ISO|
5. Be patient:
This might be the hardest tip. Get comfortable, take your time. Let your pet get used to you sitting on the floor (which may be unusual) and get used to that camera thing in your hands. Then, when they're comfortable they will start to act more naturally and that's when you'll get a great shot. Or else leave the dishwasher door open and sneak up on them, lol.
|f/2.8, 1/60, 250ISO|
Okay pet mamas (and papas?), now it's your turn to show off your babies. Go ahead and link up a photo of your animal kiddo below. And if you only have two-legged kiddos, no worries, we'll be having a photo tips series in the near future about photographing children so you can link them up then.
** I should have mentioned that the list closes on December 26th at 11pm.
*** Adrianne of Happy Hour Projects is so smart. I never thought of this, but she linked up her pet photo from her facebook page. I am so doing this in the future when I can't do an entire post dedicated to a photo I want to link. Thought I'd share in case it applied to anybody else.
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