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7 Photography Tips for Capturing Great Pet Pics

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4. Camera, Action!

If your camera has an auto sports mode, use it. If not, manually move your camera along with your moving pet, keeping the subject in the viewfinder and then snap the photo. This will give a great freeze-frame shot that really shows the animal in motion.

5. What’s in Your Background?

Before clicking that shutter button, check the background of your shot.

  • Are the curtains hanging evenly?
  • Is there a trashcan or a messy table visible?

While there are now digital photography programs and apps available to erase photo clutter, if you can set up a clean scene beforehand, it will save you time and keep the original integrity of the shot.

6. Attention, Please!

To capture your dog’s attention, use a squeaky toy or treat to draw his/her attention. This especially works well for photographing a group of dogs to get them to all look in the same direction. And don’t forget to reward them after the photos are taken

7. Special Events and Holidays

For weddings, be sure to include the pets! Pose them with their bridal human and the bridal party. Shoot a portrait of the dog wearing a matching bow tie or floral crown. For birthdays, photograph your dog enjoying a lick of his/her own slice of the ice cream cake, or wearing a birthday bandana with balloons floating in the background. In the autumn, outdoor shots come to life when your dog jumps into a pile of colorful leaves, visits a pumpkin patch, or poses with your human trick-or-treaters in costume! During the Christmas season, add some sparkle to your photographs by having your dog lay under the glistening tree with a gift box, or have your dog pose with colored string lights, wear a big red bow, or snuggled on a fuzzy blanket in a sled out in the sparkling white snow! No matter where or how you are photographing your pet, be creative, be aware, and have fun! Whether we tell the story of our pet’s life as it unfolds, or we imagine a tale wrapped around the image we capture through our lenses, these are all special moments in life that become precious memories to proudly display in a frame, on canvas, in an album, or part of a slideshow for you to relive and enjoy for years to come.

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