Taking Great Pet Photographs

19 December 2016 / By Wehows Team
Pet photography, as fun as it is to do, can also be somewhat challenging. As a photographer who is all set to capture pictures of their furry family member, the most important thing you should be aiming for is clicking pictures of pets that truly capture their personality. And this video shows you just how to do it.

The Key Elements of Pet Photography:

There are 3 elements to keep in mind while photographing a pet:

1: A Great Location:

Choosing the right location is crucial when clicking pictures of your pet. A pro tip here is to choose the great outdoors as the location for your photo shoot, rather than taking pictures of your pets while they are still indoors. Being able to get even a handful of good, clean photographs when shooting indoors is extremely difficult.  Random furniture pieces in the background, poor lighting conditions are just some of the struggles you will face while clicking pictures indoors. Hence, we recommend shooting outdoors instead! Choose a location with relatively less conditions. Also, avoid doing your photo shoot on bright sunny days as it leads to clicking images with extremely high contrast. This way if you are clicking pictures of a black dog or a black cat, you might end up losing so much of its details because there was just too much light available in the garden. Aim for overcast days.  Or go for places with canopies where you can play around with the light.

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2: Speed of Shooting:

Animals move a lot. They might want to roam around, or chase that butterfly when all you want them is to stand still. And getting a pet animal to stand still is not an easy task. Instead, you have to be quick on your feet. Get acquainted with your camera’s speed of shooting so that even if the pet is jumping around you are still able to get a sharp clear image. For this we recommend taking your camera off the automatic setting and using the sports setting instead for clicking pictures. Or you might even play around with your camera’s shutter speed for this purpose. Aim for a very high shutter speed which allows you to get as many pictures as possible. This increases your chance of getting the right picture. Some cameras also allow you to track your subject as they are moving about. All you have to do is to press the shooting button a little and it tracks your subject for you as they move about.

3: Having Good Editing Skills:

This one is a no brainer. You can easily turn an ordinary picture and give it that wow factor if you have good editing skills. You don’t necessarily have to be a Photoshop expert (though it certainly helps if you are!), even simple things like using the black and white filter on your otherwise colored photograph can easily turn it from a 4.5 on 10 to an 8/10. And this is how you can take great pet photographs, every single time.
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