Pet Image Gallery
Pet Image Gallery

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­Like any beloved member of a family, pets often grace the walls of family homes. But taking a decent photo of your pet presents its own set of ch­allenges. Pets aren't always known for staying put when asked. Flashes and lights unsettle them. What you know about taking a picture of a person might not always apply with animals.

Luckily, there a few things you can do to make sure you get the best photo possible. One of the first things you'll want to do is round up the appropriate equipment. Obviously you'll need a camera. If you're aiming for an outdoor portrait, pick an appropriate location and then get your pet and camera safely there. Depending on where you're going, this may take some planning. Indoor shots have thei­r inconveniences as well. For indoor pet portraits you'll need a place for your pet to sit or lie, a backdrop and some lighting.

­Once you know where and when you want to take the frames, you'll need to enlist the cooperation of your pet. There are a lot of techniques for getting even the most rambunc­tious pet to hold still long enough for a memorable photo. For dogs, consider taking the dog out for a walk beforehand. You can burn off extra energy without tiring the dog to the point of panting. For any animal, leave it in another room or outside while you set up the equipment. This will keep the pet from growing restless while you get things ready.

In the end, taking a great photo of your pet can be as simple or involved as you like. With the right preparation and a few readily available tools, this project should be fun from planning to printing.