How to photograph pets

JJWP256I don’t have pets. But I will photograph anything that comes across visually striking and interesting, such as the cat in our backyard who is a frequent visitor but whose owner I don’t know. It was a bright, sunny day and I knew the harsh light would produce deep shadows on the cat’s face. She came out from the tree shade and momentarily engaged me in a staring contest. I stared back at her with my camera, light fell on the creature’s face and body highlighting parts of her golden fur, and I clicked. It’s not the perfect shot, there are washed out areas in the face because of the bright natural light, but I’ve captured enough details to make this image worth keeping. This led me on an Internet search for tips on how to photograph pets, and I found a good one from my favorite resource site Digital Photography School. There is a  guest post by Antoine Khater who shares 9 Pet Photography Tips. All the tips are great and I particularly like item #4 which is Give Value to their Character. It states “You know your pet better than anyone else, and a successful picture is one that conveys the character of its subject. If you have a lazy cat show him yawning, if your animal is of a playful type show him in action performing his favorite trick.” Read the rest of the article and have fun photographing your pets.


2 responses

  1. Darwin Wiggett has an e-book on photographing pets that is worth a looklook up his name or oopoomoo

    December 9, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    • Junsjazz

      Thanks for the info Jane!

      December 9, 2012 at 11:46 pm

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