More Tips on Getting Great Pet Photos
As the days lengthen and get warmer, its time to get those fantastic pet photos! I posted some tips a while back on getting those shots but if you're like me, the more tips I can get the better my photos look. So here are some more tips from the Meijer.com site. Thanks to Ted R. for passing this site on to me!
If you consider your dog or cat part of the family, it's only natural to include them in the family photo album. It's also natural for you to take the best pictures of your pet; no one else knows his expressions, tricks and unusual habits. To help you capture your pet at his best, try these techniques.
Don't skimp. Devote several photos to each situation you shoot. Try different angles, different types of action, even different lighting. The pros often take an entire roll of film to get one great picture.
Bring on the toys. Treats and toys (a bone or squeeze toy for a dog, a ball of yarn for your cat) will capture your pet's attention. While it's playing, zero in on the action.
Don't Distract. A camera flash will usually interrupt a pet's activity. To minimize such distraction indoors, choose a sensitive film such as KODAK GOLD MAX Film and shoot without a flash (especially with window light nearby). Outdoors, a slower film such as KODAK GOLD 100 Film (in bright sunlight) or KODAK GOLD 200 Film will provide sharp, saturated color.
Get a pet's-eye view. Get down on your knees to shoot at least some pictures. It should give you a full-face view of your furry friend. And the unusual perspective will make your picture more interesting.
Orchestrate, rather than direct. Put Spot in a good situation and wait for him to make the most of it. Trying to force a pet to pose for a picture is guaranteed frustration.
Choose a plain background. Disappearing cat? Fluffy can all but disappear when photographed on a floral-patterned couch or against busy wallpaper. Keep your background as plain and neutral as possible.
Get close. Don't be afraid to invade your pet's space. For a small dog or cat, you should be 3-4 feet away in order to fill your viewfinder. A zoom feature will close the distance without you having to approach your pet.
Get in the act. Hand your camera off to a friend and get into the scene. Pick up and hold a small dog or cat; kneel or sit with a larger one. Your playful hugs (and even a canine kiss) will make for good pictures.
Action. If your dog performs any tricks, put him through his paces. Tricks make wonderful action shots. A cat will usually jump for a dangling string. In both cases, take several pictures and try to capture the action at its peak.