One of my favourite things about the 21st century is the fact that you have a camera with you at all times. You can capture the best moments, so your memories can be stored forever. Photographing your pet is a skill in itself. You cannot tell your pet to lean just a little bit more to the left. You have to make do with his or her natural looks and state of mind. I have put together a few tips to help you take the best photos of your pet.
1. Same level
You can often read a whole story in the eyes of an animal. As with a human, the eyes are an important part of the picture. By holding the camera at your pet's eye level, you can focus on the eyes and are more likely to capture his or her facial expression.
This immediately gives a different perspective, because normally you look at your pet from above. That probably means you have to sit on the ground. But hey, anything for the shot! Also, go to your pet, don't wait for him or her to come to you.
2. Know your pet
Animals have a personality. Over the years, pets have even learned to show human emotions. Just think of that sad little face when your pet has to wait a little longer for dinner. Try to photograph them when they are most comfortable. For example, in their favourite spot in the house or while playing.
When they are at ease, you are more likely to get an "engaged" photo, you might even get eye contact easier. If you have a lazy dog, a photo of him yawning in his basket is a perfect match. But a playful kitten in the garden is also lovely to see!
3. The code word is: patience
Avoid haste. If you rush in, throw yourself on the ground and shoot at random. It is almost certain that you will not get a perfect shot. But it works? Lucky you!
Animals are very good at sensing people and situations. Of course, you don't want to scare them so they hide in a dark place. Be patient. A relaxed animal will be more open to you (and the camera) if things go at his or her pace.
4. Make sure you have enough snacks and fun!
Each. Pets. Loves. Of. Snacks! So make sure you have plenty of snacks at the shoot so you can get the animal's attention. Another way to capture the most beautiful face of your pet is by having fun together. This will immediately radiate on the photo.
5. Make use of natural light
The use of light in a photograph is actually the first thing you think about before you even pick up the camera. When you walk in, or visit an outdoor location, take a moment to look at where the light source is coming from and how you can use it to your advantage.
6. What should you avoid doing?
Above all, do not use your flash. It is a bit obvious, but you can imagine that your pet is not a big fan of a big light in his or her face. Do you have a camera with an adjustable shutter speed? Then use a quiet shutter, which won't frighten your pet.
7. Surprise moment
Fun to try out! Call your pet from a distance. Then crucial seconds follow where your pet has the expression "What, who? Me?" on his or her face. These rare moments can make for a great shot.
Good luck in finding the perfect picture. You won't get it right the first time, but practice makes perfect! Post your pictures on Facebook or Instagram and tag @designedbylotte. I am very curious to see the results!