All About Pet Photos

Pet Photo Opportunities

Since your pet has no interest in photography, it may be hard to find a good time to take its picture. But there are plenty of methods you can use to get your pet to cooperate.

If you're going to shoot your animal inside, you'll need to set up the lighting ahead of time. Try leaving the pet in another room until the last possible minute. This way the animal won't grow restless while you set up lighting and will be uncooperative by the time you're ready to shoot.

You may also consider tiring your pet out a little. Exercise it a bit. Just don't completely exhaust your pet so that it's panting, or cranky and uncooperative [source: DIY Network]. Perhaps a short walk around the block, depending on the size of your dog, is just enough to rid it of any excess energy. Cats are slightly more difficult to deal with. Try to watch your cat and find a time when it's most cooperative -- perhaps soon after a meal or later in the evening. Also consider taking the picture in your pet's favorite part of the house. This will allow you to set up lighting then wait for your pet to go back to its usual spot where you can snap a great candid shot. And lastly, make sure you have plenty of treats to give away [source: Pets in Pastel].

A good pet photo can be a close-up portrait of the pet's face or a full-body shot. The framing of the photo is completely up to the photographer. No matter how much of your pet you want in the photo, make sure to take the picture from your pet's eye level [source: Pets in Pastel]. This helps convey its natural presence. You don't want the photo to make your pet look unnaturally small [source: DIY Network].

If you take the time to set it up correctly and make an effort to keep your pet calm and relaxed, you should be able to snap plenty of great photos. For more information, visit the links below.

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  • DIY Networks. "Pet Portraiture: Planning, set-up and Lighting." Scripps Networks, LLC. (Jan. 19, 2009),2033,DIY_13956_4201175,00.html
  • Theophilus, Sarah. "Pet Photography Tips." Pets in Pastel. (Jan. 19, 2009)
  • "The Standard 3-Point Lighting Technique." Wavelength Media. (Jan. 19, 2009)
  • Cheek, Darlene. "How to Take Great Cat Pictures." (Jan. 19, 2009)