The following is a guest post by pet photographer Victoria Rak of Tuff Photo.
How often do you glance down at your pet and think I must capture this cuteness? You run and grab your camera with the highest of hopes only to be let down by mediocre results and the task was frustrating. You’ve chased them, pleaded for concentration, blurred the photos and let’s not forget about you producing the glowing eyes effect. Does this sound familiar?
Here are some quick steps to help you to take better photos of your pet.
- Patience! The first 10 minutes or so are always a little challenging. Your pet has no idea what you’re doing. Staying calm allows them to feel more comfortable. After they are calm you will find it much easier to focus and your pet will find it much easier to embrace you and your camera.
- Rewards! Always have rewards with you. A favorite toy or treat can make a big difference. The toy I hold in my hand is a diamond in disguise. A joyful cylinder that rolls when chased or squeaks when chewed is a dog’s best friend! A feathery toy that moves along the floor just waiting to be pounced on. The bacon flavored treat that makes any dog drool and cats purr captures their undivided attention like nothing else!
- Flash! Or should I say No Flash! That’s right no flash allowed. I can’t stress this enough. Moving outdoors or into a well lit room will make the difference between a big blur or a sharp photo. Eyes are the windows to the soul. When you leave your flash off you can see the eyes are no longer hidden by bright glowing circles or haze.
- Sit! Yes I meant you sit down. Getting low is so important. Not sure how low to get? Not to worry. Stay eye level. Get face to face with your subject. Sitting, Kneeling, or lying on the floor is a good start. You might be surprised at what you see at their level!
- Fun! Have fun with it. Take your time and enjoy your pet. I know they will enjoy you spending time with them.
I have been photographing pets professionally for years. So I’d like to think I have the hang of it by now! If you ask any of my professional colleagues they will say photographing a pet can be quite the challenge even for them. However I am told I have the ability to break down the process for inspiring novice. I have picked up quite a few tricks along the way and I would be happy share more with you. So if you have questions, want to see my work, photo outtakes, tips and more please visit my Blog at www.tuffphoto.com and/or become a fan on Facebook!
Always remember the secret to good pet photography is to make sure . . . pst . . . personality shines through!