It can be tough to get a frame-worthy photo of a subject who doesn’t understand the concept of photography. Here are a few tips for getting some shots of your pet that you can proudly show off, both in your home and on your Facebook page.
1. Bribe your subject to sit still.
Don’t have a willing subject? There’s nothing like a little bribery to grease the wheels. Come armed with your pet’s favorite treats to get that “at attention” look from your pet.
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2. Select a favorite toy.
Whether you want an action shot, a still life, or you don’t care which – you just want a good picture! – then bringing a favorite toy along for your photo shoot is bound to get some good shots of your pet cuddling with or gnawing on their lovey.
3. Aim for the golden hour.
You will get the best photos if you shoot outside in natural lighting either early morning soon after sunrise or late evening around sunset. This is known as the golden hour amongst photographers because the photos look – you guessed it – golden. If you’re shooting an indoor pet, then hopefully you have a room in your house that’s flooded with either early morning or late evening light.
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4. Get eye-to-eye with your subject.
Get down on your belly or knees to take some photos right at your pet’s level. We all know how odd those photos look when someone takes a photo while standing above their pet. You will get a much more interesting and engaging shot if you can see your pet head on.
5. Invite a playmate.
If you want some great action shots, then invite a friend to toss balls to your dog or to wave a bird on a stick for your cat. While it’s tempting to man both the toy and the camera, you are far more likely to get a brag-worthy photo if you enlist a buddy to play with your pet while you shoot. Or better yet, get your friend to take some action shots of you and your pet while you play together.
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6. If all else fails…wait for naptime!
Who doesn’t love seeing a pet all curled up for sleepy time? You certainly won’t have to worry about framing your subject or dealing with blurred action shots when you’ve got a sleeping pet on your hands.
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