Tips for Photographing Pets

Photographing animals on the move is no simple task, especially if they are very active animals and do not stop moving. They are not like the people you can ask them to pose for you.

Usually you photograph them by surprise in a playful attitude, sleeping or while they are distracted with something, or making them pay attention with some toy or similar.

Getting a dog or a cat to pose for you is an impossible task and you will have to have patience and hope that the animal adopts an interesting pose and that is to our liking to be able to immortalize that moment for posterity.

Here are some tips to get good pictures of your pet:

The light

The best light is natural light. With the flash we get flat photos, without relief, and with some ‘artificial’ touch. The best light is the light of cloudy days. The clouds provide diffused light and this will lead to photographs without excessive contrasts that will illuminate each and every one of the corners of the exhibition.

If the day is sunny you can use the flash light as fill light to reduce areas in low light and high contrast and get exceptionally bright photos.

Capture their attention

The only way we can ‘pose’ our pets is by distracting them with a toy so that they maintain attention and pose while they are in tension deciding what to do. Ideally, someone else plays with your pet and catches their attention while you try to find the right moment to shoot.

Take advantage of moments of distraction

Another way to make quality photos of your pet is to get a telephoto lens to take pictures at a distance without realizing that we are close to it.

If we approach our pets with our camera, they will probably come to us to inspect ‘that thing we have in our hands’ and we will not be able to frame them correctly. In addition, if our pet is a dog we expose ourselves to the goal of our camera receiving a generous and friendly lick.

Ideally you could get a telephoto lens of 200mm or higher to be able to take photos at a distance by bringing the image closer to you as if you were right next to it. In addition with a purpose of these characteristics we will obtain expositions with shallow depth of field (to a greater focal distance less depth of field). A small depth of field allows us to take pictures in which the subject to be photographed appears totally clear while the rest of the background image appears totally blurred. This effect (used in portraits of people) allows to obtain photographs with great relief emphasizing the main image and blurring the rest of the image.
Stand tall

When you take pictures of your pet, bend down and always keep your height. If you make the photograph from your perspective the image will lose interest since the photo will be made from the human perspective.

When you crouch and put yourself to their height, you immerse yourself in their world and see reality as they see it. The results will surprise you, you’ll see.

Try different framing

Pets, like humans, look very different depending on the position from where they photograph. Take pictures of the whole body or more specific parts of your body such as: face, legs, nose, belly, etc.

Try to capture his personality to get photos where it seems that he is trying to say something.

Pets and people

The photographs in which your pet appears along with special people for her, are extremely gratifying. They will allow you to capture looks, gestures and postures that will evoke great emotion and tenderness.

You can try with photos posadas but usually the best photos are those that are obtained spontaneously and without animal and human are aware of the camera.

Be quick

Pets, such as dogs and cats, make quick and unexpected moves and we must be prepared to capture that unique moment in getting a good photograph. You should test your reflexes and be the fastest by pressing the button on your camera.

To avoid fuzzy or blurred photos, we must use short shutter times to try to ‘freeze’ the image. Many current cameras have programmed and automatic positions to perform this type of sport photos (usually the icon of a person running).

Photographing your pet is like photographing an elite sportsman in action. If we manage to capture a good image, we will see facets of our pet that go unnoticed by the naked eye.

We are currently fortunate to live in the age of digital photography. Almost all of us already have digital cameras so we do not have to worry and take more photos.