If you own a pet it’s certain that you will want to photograph them. Pets are part of the family and have to be captured as such.
Most folks just point and click around the house and garden, but here are a couple of tips to help you to get the best out of taking a photograph of your pet.
For most of us our pets are much smaller than we are. Even the bigger dogs are still much shorter than us! As a result most of our snap shots are taken looking down on the poor pet. The most effective change in composition is to get your camera at eye level with your preferred pet. You will see your pets in a whole new light once you make this simple change. If you can’t get down to their level then place them on top of something to lift them up. The pet photograph above was taken with the dog sitting on top of a flat concrete wall, just a couple of feet off the ground, but enough to make it simple to get down to his level.
Simplify the background
The second simple tip for how to photograph pets is to simplify the background. Most of our pets are furry or feathered, and this blends them into most backgrounds. If you’ve ever tried to take a photograph of your pet dog or cat in the back garden you will know what I mean – our pets tend to blend in to the grass and bushes so that it’s difficult to distinguish the pet. Helpfully, if you have done anything to lift your pet up to your eye level you will more than likely have simplified the background too. In the case of the photo above I have placed the pet in front of a simple sky, with nothing but clouds behind his head. This makes the fur stand out more and clearly defines our pet pooch against the background. Look out for clear backgrounds and simple shapes that will let the detail of your pet stand out – avoid, bushes, brick walls and the usual paraphernalia that clutter the image.
If you can keep these two tips in mind you will instantly transform your pet photos.