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7 Photography Tips for Capturing Great Pet Pics

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As a photojournalist, I truly believe every picture does indeed tell a story

therapy dog brings happiness to an ailing or lonely person, a cat chases a butterfly, a horse gallops across a misty field, a bunny nibbles on a piece of hay, or a dog rolls in the first snow of the season, taking a photograph allows us to capture and enjoy that moment, over and over again. Every day can be a day of many special moments to capture our pets on film (or memory card). And, with the beautiful Autumn and winter holiday seasons right around the corner, it is a perfect time to discuss some of my FiveSibes pet photography tips to help bring out the best shutterbug in you!

1. It’s All in the Angle

For some really engaging shots, shoot from your pet’s level. Get down on the floor to capture your dog’s expression while s/he is playing with a toy, or lay on the ground to capture your dog as s/he comes splashing out of the pool or lake. Try tipping the camera lens on an angle or zoom in for some fun, artsy shots.

2. Natural Lighting

No flash is best. Check your light source and shoot with the flash off, for a softer, more natural tone. For photos taken inside or out, let the natural light cast shadows across your pet for a beautiful mood portrait. When shooting in low light, you will need to steady your camera by using a tripod, or you can support your camera by leaning your arms on the floor, table, etc. Need a flash? Watch out for red and “green” eye! Use a diffuser if you can. There are also some apps and photo programs available to digitally help remove red eye issues.

3. Fun Accessories

Don’t be afraid to try out different lenses, filters, and film. A fish eye can add so much interest to a photo, while different filters and black-and-white (whether for the camera or digital manipulation via a photo application) can really give the photo a whole different feel.

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