Photographing your own pets can be a bit of a challenge. I wrote an article for the July issue of HOME magazine giving some hints and tips for getting better photos of your animals which I have reproduced here along with some of my latest pet portraits. Happy snapping 🙂
- If you’re taking pictures with your camera phone, make sure the resolution and file size is as large as possible. If you’d like to print your images you’ll need a resolution of 300 dpi for best results.
- Natural daylight will give you the best quality images. If you’re working indoors this will be by a large window or a doorway and if you’re outside (even better), look for even light (i.e. no patches of bright sunlight), preferably in a shady spot. On camera or phone flash produces very harsh light which doesn’t look very nice, natural light is much easier to work with.
- Check what’s in the background of your shot (the less cluttered, the better) and fill the whole frame with your pet. The best images focus purely on the subject, without anything distracting to the sides or behind.
- Pets are usually motivated by either toys or food, so when you’re taking photos of your cat or dog, make sure you have their favourite treat handy to get their attention and encourage them to look at the camera. By interacting with your pet, you’ll also be able to capture their personality in the shot. Having a friend to help you will make taking photos much easier.
- Get down onto the same level as your pet, shooting at eye level will produce a beautiful portrait, especially if your dog or cat looks straight into the camera.
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