Practicing in manual mode is a lot of fun when you’re outdoors. There are lots of fun things to photograph. What about photographing pets? I love to photograph my dogs but there are some tricks to the process.
- Go outside! A bright sunny day can really make your pet stand out in a photograph.
- Don’t use the flash. If you’re stuck indoors go for natural lighting it’s easier to photo edit with natural light than the flash.
- Let your pet play. Instead of trying to pose your pet, try the observation approach and see what they do naturally.
- Make sure your pet has props. In this photo shoot it was a tennis ball.
- Stay standing. If you kneel down and your pet sees you, chances are they will approach leaving very little distance between your lens and a wet nose.
- Try shooting from different angles. Walk around your pet to avoid those shadows bouncing off the grass or concrete.
- Take consecutive shots. This will allow you to have more of a selection and you may catch that perfect shot.
Sydnee is having a blast playing with her tennis ball. There was no cropping or filter used on either of these images. The image above is nearly perfect! In the upper right you can see a corner of our concrete porch.
After playing with her tennis ball she and Leo took a moment to relax. Do you like that look she is giving me out of the corner of her eye? Do you have any more tips to add? Leave them in the comments.