Beginner Photography Tips - Five Quick Tips For Great Pet Photography
Beginner Photography Tips - Quick Tips For Great Pet Photography
Five Quick Tips For Great Pet Photography
If you can keep the three following tips in mind
while photographing your pet you can almost be assured of a satisfying
result. You can use these tips as a springboard to ever more
sophisticated and creative pet portraiture.
Tip Number One:
Get Down. Get down onto your pet's level. Seeing your pet at eye
level makes a shot inherently more interesting. We are always looking
down at them, but by shooting them at eye level we not only get a more
interesting perspective, but you can also achieve stronger connection.
Tip Number Two:
Focus on your pet's eyes. Even if you don't get anything else
sharp, get the eyes sharp. In fact, if your pet's eyes are sharp, and
nothing else, it can even be a creative plus. Again, the connection you
establish with your subject will be much stronger if the eyes are
sharp, and connection is ultimately what it is all about.
Tip Number Three:
Get the light right. Having the light behind you a little to the
left or right almost guarantees your pet will be well lit. Not
necessarily the most interesting light, but I'd rather have well lit
than a featureless blob. If you want to get a little more
sophisticated, set your flash to 1/3 under exposed (if you have an
adjustable camera and flash) and have the available light from behind or
slightly behind your subject matter. Using a flash, even in bright
light, is probably a good idea as long as the flash does not overpower
the existing light. Using the flash as a supplement is known as "Fill
Flash". It can bring out the subtle details as well as adding a "catch
light" to your pet's eyes. Adding a simple catch light can bring an
otherwise drab image to life.
Tip Number Four:
Center yourself, not the picture. Your focusing on the eyes,
right? Make sure those eyes are not in the center of the picture. Most
people center the eyes leaving a lot of empty space at the top of the
frame. Try putting your pet's eyes on the upper right or left quadrant
for a starting point. And fill the frame; it is hard to be too close!
Tip Number Five:
Get your pet's attention. You have the eyes in focus. The
composition is looking good. Now get your pet's attention. It might be
calling their name, making a noise, or even having a friend hold a
treat just above your head. But be prepared. You want to press that
shutter point just when your pet's eyes zero in on you and his or her
ears perk up. That precious look usually only lasts a fleeting moment,
but capture it and you'll have a picture you can treasure forever.