… and be glad you did. Surveys show that pets are considered as family members by the majority of people. Unlike people and other pets like cats or horses, our dogs have a relatively short lifespan yet mean so much. 3 ideas for pet photography-
1- Take close portraits. The eyes say a lot so take time for some warmly lit facial shots. Try utilizing some side lighting like in the photo here and you may create a real treasure. For point and shoot camera owners dial to “portrait mode” and if you’re shooting with a DSLR, try an open aperture setting like f5.6.
2- Focus carefully. Just like in wildlife or nature photography, strive for eye contact and focus around the face and eyes. The area behind and in front should softly fall slightly out of focus. Tip: as we’ve discussed previously, for most shots establish a shooting angle level with your pet.
3- Capture “them”. Take a series of photos that captures your pet being themselves. Perhaps it’s a Lab who loves to swim or another breed that loves to retrieve a ball. Does your cat love to chase catnip mice or lounge on a sunlit shelf? Tell the story.
Our pets mean everything to us and I thought to write this post because my greyhound Annabelle seen here is now 14 1/2. Luckily I have photos from over the years, but we’ve been going out “shooting together” almost daily lately. Don’t wait. And while you’re at it, remember the rest of the family.
If you’ve got a question or need help with your pet photography, just comment here or via any of the contact links below. If you’re on Facebook and would like to see more photos like the one featured today stop by for a visit and “like” the page…Gordon.
“Photography in Naples, Marco Island and Everglades”