Wednesday 17 June 2015

Pet Photography with Pets at Home

Pets at home wanted me to share some pet photography tips with you all, and as taking photos of Severus is one of my favourite things, I jumped at the chance!

Severus owns his own instagram account with Alfie and Tilly, which he updates daily. Having both that and my blog has really allowed me to be creative in ways I never knew how, as well as finding my love for photography and growing it more and more.
As a person that can't sew, doesn't know how to make anything, can't bake to save her life- having an instagram account and blog really allows your creativity to shine through. 

What you will need for pet photography:

1 handsome hound (or a pack of them!) 1 camera (I mainly use the canon 600D with the 50mm 1.4 lens) A whole lot of natural light (but not in direct sunlight) and any props or backgrounds that make everything a little fun

Pet Photography Tips:
Have a helping hand. Taking photos and keeping your dog interested and ready to pose is really hard, when I can I always have Sam helping me

Get down low to the ground, even if that means muddy or soggy knees. If you get to your pets height this will help the photograph and improve it straight away, it also allows you to see what your dog is seeing and opens you up to their world. 

Allow it to be fun and keep the treats coming. Your pets don't know or really care about what you're doing, they just want to keep you happy, which means keeping them happy. Reward them every few shots with treats and fusses and let them know they're doing a good job

Use natural light, either a cloudy but bright day or in the house opposite a window and can work great for getting your photography looking better with this one step. 

Don't take it too seriously! They're dogs (or cats, or guinea pigs....) after all. Allow the shots to be natural in the most possible way and use your training to make it more fun- such as sits, downs and holds. 

Always focus on your pets eyes, having these sharp is really important and adds so much more to the photograph. It's really easy to focus on their wet noses instead, but the eyes have so much emotion and thought, so in any photography this is what to aim your focus on.

Remember to show case your photos. It will give you a high with every "like" you get or comment you receive. I use my personal Facebook, their instagram account as well as Twitter and my blog. There are lots of different photo sharing sites out there too
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