Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Welcome to Wordless Wednesdays!

On Wednesdays we will be posting a photo with no words, and let the photo do the talking!  For our first Wordless Wednesday, we are actually going to use some words to talk about animal photography. Animals are fun, and tricky sometimes, to photograph.
Trying to capture a kitten while playing is challenging!
Here are some tips for pet photography:
  • Be patient and take lots of pictures, it might take a lot of trial and error to get one good shot but it will be worth it.
  • If your pet is in motion constantly, use a fast shutter speed to capture them in action without the blur
  • Let your pet play or amuse themselves briefly, and when you are ready to snap a picture, call their name or whistle to get their attention and have them look alert. For dogs, this turns out well because their ears perk up and it makes them look very cute!
  • Fill up the frame and take close ups. Capturing those “puppy dog” eyes makes people melt!
  • Take pictures outside or in a well lit room so you don’t have to use the flash, which can often frighten your pet, cause red-eye, or make the picture look harsh.
  • Make the focal point of your pictures the pet’s eyes and get on their level by sitting on the ground or lying on the floor
  • Let your pet explore the camera if they are curious, and you can take close up pictures while they do!
  • Use treats, toys, or “funny noises” to get your pets attention or have them look in a certain direction
(Thanks to Digital Photography School and Pets in Pastel for some of the inspiration for tips!)

And now, for the WORDLESS part...

1 comment:

  1. Great animal photo shoot tips! I will definitely have to try these for myself to see how much they help out!
    Also, great idea on "Wordless Wednesday" - I think the ASPCA is involved in this as well.