Wednesday, December 10, 2014

7 Photography Tips to Capture Your Furry Friends’ Character.

“Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to”. (Alfred A. Montapert)

So often we have a cat/a dog/a bird/a rabbit or someone else living with us. They are not only a part of our lives, they are almost the members of our families. That’s why you might want to have your pets’ photographs.

Posing animals during photographing is near to impossible, unless you have very well trained pets. There are other things you can do to get the photos you want.

*Get down on their level.
Every day you observe your pets mostly from your eyes level, so it’ll be more interesting to get down and to photograph from their eye level. This will establish a more captivating composition and reveal their true character.
This is the common rule.

*Use both high and low level.
You might want to capture your pet using habitual level.

*Take close-up or macro shots.
A good time to do these shots is when your pet is in his/her most relaxed pose, (especially sleeping).

*Freeze their actions.
One of the reasons why it’s not easy to photograph pets is because they are truly alive. You might want to take photos of your pet in manual mode or in shutter priority mode, so you can control how you freeze the action (don’t be afraid to push shutter speed up to 1/1600 - 1/3200s if necessary). Set the focus mode to continuous focusing so that the lens can constantly maintain its focus on the moving pet.

*Avoid Using a Flash.
Flash can frighten your pets or make them nervous. Besides pet’s eyes turn out red (or green sometimes) when flash reflects off the back of the eyes.

*It's all about the eyes.
There is just something special about your pets’ eyes, especially cats’ eyes which are just mysterious. You’ll receive an interesting photo of your pets focusing directly on their eyes.

*Include People.
A good portrait of a pet with the owner is a classic shot.

I would like to share these interesting quotes with you.

“The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude”. (Robert Brault)

“You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'My God, you're right! I never would've thought of that!” (Dave Barry)

“Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this”. (Anonymous)

Happy photographing everyone!