Shutter Speeds, Apertures, and the Best Pictures of Your Pet
The majority of us are visual learners, processing pictures 60,000 times faster than text. Picture sharing apps and websites are the result of our photo-centric culture, and pet owners are leading the virtual pack. Looking at adorable “pet pics” can become an obsession, especially if you have a willing subject (or 2 or 3) at home. To be sure, taking pictures of your pet is an important way to mark time and encapsulate memories. But if it’s done well, pet photography is an art form that earns admiration from The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center.
Your pet is obviously very cute and has a distinct personality, but how can you capture their special qualities on film? To start with, think about what makes your pet unique and try to snap a few pictures while they’re in the moment of cuteness. You’ll be more successful in this endeavor if your pet is doing something they love to do, such as playing, running, sleeping, or enjoying a special treat.
Animals tend to get bored during hard-won photo shoots. Please allow your pet the space and freedom to get out of the picture taking extravaganza if it’s not “gelling” for them. Also, using a telephoto lens or the zoom feature on your digital camera will give the impression of free-to-roam, while grabbing nice shots at the same time.
A fantastic feature on most camera phones is the “burst mode.” If there was ever a gift to pet owners, it would be this one. You can snap dozens of photos all at once in the hopes of nailing at least one frame that’s going up on the wall.
Taking Pictures of Your Pet
Other tips when taking pictures of your pet include:
- Avoid the flash. Pets like the flash less than we do.
- Embrace natural light. Preferably outside or near a large open window or doorway make for best conditions.
- Action shots are great. When captured correctly and not out of focus or with motion blur. Consider using a tripod or faster shutter speed with a higher ISO for the best action shots.
- Portraits focus on the eyes. A serene portrait is best with a visually calm background or other neutral backdrop.
- Isolate your pet from distractions if you want the best photo. Keep them away from other pets (unless you’re going for a family portrait), family members, traffic, and more.
- Sound effects help keep your pet’s attention. Use the beeping sound from a timer, for instance, or consider having a squeeze toy that excites their attention and draws them to look at the camera.
- Experiment with angles. Get down on the ground and play around with focusing on the tip of your pet’s nose, eyes, paws, and more.
- Don’t fret if you don’t luck out behind the lens. Editing photos is part of the process and equally fun. Features such as resizing, cropping, and color enhancements can, make the pictures of your pet and the time invested in taking them, worthwhile.
- Be patient. Remember, taking pictures of your pet is a blast!
If The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center can address any questions or concerns about your photo-worthy animal, please let us know. And don’t forget, we want to see those prize-winning pet pictures!