In the past, shooting portraits of pets is not that common. You seldom see photo hobbyists and professional photographers take photos of pet animals. But then today, you will see awesome pictures of animals in several publications and exhibits among many others. There are even professional photographers who now offer pet photography services.
Pet portrait photography is certainly a fun and exciting form of photography. If you are interested in knowing how to take pictures of your pet or want to get into pet photography as a career, here are several tips on pet portrait photography that you can apply.
Know the pet’s personality
It is important to know the personality of the pet before shooting pictures so you can plan better on how to take the shots. If the pet is restless and will not stay in one place, then you have to choose the right shooting mode or select a fast lens.
Apply the fill-in flash technique
Flash usually gets the attention of pets and by using it you can possibly get the pet to look into the camera. It is like freezing the pet so there will be no movement which may cause the image to get blurry. This is called fill-in flash and this technique also helps remove shadows when shooting in a well-lit place.
Use natural light
Shooting with natural light coming from the sun is still the best way to take pictures especially if the pet is not that mobile. The natural light can help you capture the best genuine look of the pet.
Focus on the eyes
Aim to get a picture of the animal with the eyes locked on your camera. These pet animals’ eyes are generally expressive and can bring out so much awesomeness into the picture.
Give importance to the aperture
A wide aperture can set the focus on the pet which is your subject while giving the right to those in the background. You can either use a wide aperture lens of set your camera to aperture priority mode when taking photos.
Experiment with your shots
Capture from different angles, use various lenses or try changing your position when taking photos of the pet. Do not limit yourself to shooting pictures only from the front or nearby your pet.
Set camera to continuous mode
Continuous mode or burst mode is a good shooting mode to choose when the pet is always moving. In this mode, you can get plenty of pictures in one click and these pictures are more likely sharper and better than when you shoot in normal, single shooting mode.
Be extra patient
Like other forms of photography, pet photography requires a photographer to be patient. Extra patience would be necessary if the pet is always moving since its movement will hinder you to get sharp or high quality images. You can try to play with the pet first until it lessens its movement.