PHOTOGRAPHING ANIMALS

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PHOTOGRAPHING ANIMALS:

PHOTOGRAPHING ANIMALS

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An example of a BAD pet photo. Out of focus, overexposed, “ greeneye ”, boring point of view, distracting background.

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The eyes of many animals such as dogs will reflect yellow, green, or other colors in flash photography because their eyes contain a special layer behind the retina that reflects light back to the retina. This additional reflected light improves their vision in low light conditions.

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Whenever possible, avoid using your camera’s flash . If you need additional lighting, consider using other sources, like lamps. Stand farther away from your subject (remember, you can always crop in closer later). To prevent the flash from directly hitting your pet's face and eyes, shoot from an angle instead of straight on.

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Distracting background, and we can’t see either of the dog’s eyes.

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Window lighting is great for indoor portraits

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Take off distracting collars or tags before your portrait session.

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Using a shallow depth of field will blur a distracting background.

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Most important is to get down to his level; We all know how a dog looks when viewed from above, this is the way we always see them. Show us the way they see world! Sit on the floor or lie on your belly and remember to shoot from HIS eye level or below.

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The only time it’s okay to shoot down, is if they are doing the “puppy dog eyes” and you want to emphasize the vulnerability.

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The eyes are the most important. Make sure they are in focus and lit.

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For a fun shot, try getting low and close and use a wide angle lens.

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What’s your pet’s favorite game?

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You can get great action shots if your timing and preparation are good

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Playing with a friend

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Put something into the frame to engage the animal.

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How about a photojournalistic pet portrait?

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Detail shots work for animals too!

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Use a squeaky toy or make silly noises to get a dog’s attention. If you’re lucky, the sound will make him cock his head and make a cute expression.

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Try something unexpected!

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Kitties respond best to dangling strings or kitty treats. Try having an assistant stand to the side with a toy for a great ¾ view of the face.

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Upside down works too!

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I’m hiding behind my paws, you can’t see me!

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They’re so sweet when they’re asleep!

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“I’m stalking you, don’t move!

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This is fun!

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For great shots of people with their pets, always keep the heads near the same level. Either have the person get down on the animal’s level, or pick the animal up and hold it.

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