Photographing pets might seem and look easy, but there’s a huge challenge to it: the sheer unpredictable nature of the subject! Pets cannot, like humans, sit still for very long. Action shots need not always be easy to orchestrate, as it is in the case of humans. Here are a bunch of tips to help you with photographing your pets!
- Stay stress free, and keep your pet stress free. Animals are spontaneous, and they can sense energies around them. The more stressed you are, the more they pick up on those signals. Relax yourself and tell yourself that you’re about to do something that you want to have fun with. Once that’s in place, the animal will also ease in. Otherwise, you might wind up with stressed eyes, stunted movement or even flattened ears on the animal!
- Capture the natural: Indulge your pet in everything he loves to do – whether he likes to run, or eat, or play, or just do his own thing. Nothing brings out the natural element in your pet better than this.
- Move all the clutter out of your space. Animals can get down to fun and frolic if they have enough space to enjoy and gambol about. The more cluttered your space is, the more damaging it is to the interest of your pet in having fun. Let your pets indulge!
- Build elements in your space that can enhance your images. For instance, if you were shooting your pet in your lounge or den, place spunky coffee table books around animals. Use colour, but not in a way that takes away from your pets.
- Shoot with perspective: Pets are really not like humans – pose conscious. All they care about, really, is what they want to do at a given time. Shoot your pets from different angles – looking down from above, shooting them at their level by sprawling on the ground, or using foot stools and ladders to get the right angles can work well.
- Shoot in natural light. Animals and their spontaneity are best captured by in natural light. Capture the catchlights in your pet’s eyes in natural surroundings – but if you’re shooting indoors, rely on bright but diffused light rather than outright bright light.
- Don’t command your pets! Let the animal be, and indulge itself as it wants to. Screaming instructions or forcing poses and props on them does not work – especially because it winds up confusing them more than anything else. Communicate, but do not force the animal to do anything it isn’t comfortable doing.
- Move about slowly. Don’t frighten your pet or make them think you are up to something they should be wary of. This is doubly important in the case of cats and dogs, who can either completely change their mood and expressions, or run away altogether.