How To Do Pet Photography
How To Do Pet Photography
A freelance photographer explains the three key points to remember while taking pet photographs like location, speed of shooting and post production work. These will make your pets look even more adorable!
We're now going to talk how to take great pet photographs. Many people like to capture the character of their pet, but one of the tasks which can prove very difficult and ruthless. Three key elements in taking great pet photographs, the first is to choose a great location.
Second is to shoot pretty fast, pets like to be moving around. Finally, don't underestimate the value of post-production and editing. You can really take one picture and give it great number of different finishes.
You might be surprised to which result you really like the most. Location, very often, people actually start to take pictures of their pet indoors at home. For me, this is a pretty big no-no.
Very, very difficult to get a great clean photograph inside your house of anything - you will be surprised how a slightest little object hanging on the wall when he gets to the wall really distracts you away from the main image. Taking pictures inside is very difficult as well, you actually have some fairly specialist equipment, all the latest cameras to work with. Try and get outdoors wherever possible.
Just because you are outside, doesn't mean you are going to get great photographs either, unfortunately. Just make sure you are choosing the right location outside. Again, we are looking for the fewest number of distractions that can creep into our photograph.
Have a look around, if you are dealing with a animals such as dogs, they may roam around. And you need to make sure, the areas they're going to roam in, areas of nasty distraction. If possible, try to avoid really bright sunny days.
For most, people actually think this is the optimum time to be shooting in the sunshine. Your digital camera may well struggle, you will end up with very contrast shots. And if you have dark pets, black dogs, cats, anything like that, you may find you really lose an awful lot of detail in the bright sunny conditions.
Instead, you may want to try shooting overcast day, wrap up, walk, or you may be looking for locations, you can shoot where you just have to eliminate some overhead light, the sunlight if you like. Be a canopy you may have in the garden, may be even an overhanging tree - these locations will be nice, soft, even light, and really bring out the detail within your pet. Step 2 - speed of shooting.
Your pets are unlikely to stand still for too long. They may be just fettering around want to be roaming around in the garden. You need to find a way to holding a camera a little bit.
Take out the fully automatic settings. You may have the sports setting on your camera, twisting a dial or knob on top of the camera if you are little bit advanced than that, you can play around with the shutter speed, then shoot at fast speed. The faster you can shoot your camera, fire more frames off, you are most likely to get a great shot but also freezing the motion.
You mostly find a function that allows to shoot more than one image time, you press the shutter button, have a look in your manual. You will find if your camera has that facility. You may also find, this is a little bit more advanced, there is a way of getting your camera to track subjects.
In a sports mode, your camera will do this automatically for you. All you need to do is to hold your button down a little bit, just a gentle press, you may then find your camera can track the subject and keep it in nice crisp sharp focus full for you. It's a great attribute to have.
Step 3 - the real beauty of digital photography is you can play around with your images in computer and change the way they look and feel. The chances are that you get a disk come along with your camera that will have special software or maybe that you can use many standard brand names you may have heard of like Photoshop. Try and play around with your images you take.
Many pets usually come out beautifully well if you can work them into black and white or you look at the sepia settings that your software can