How to Shoot Pets- Pet Photography Tips

Pets are bundles of joy trapped in fur. Are you one of those Instagramers who has their Instagram account full of pet photos? Well, take your Animal Photography to the next level by following these simple tips and tricks! Use your creativity to capture the most striking photographs and make your friends want to snuggle with your fur baby!

  • Use Natural Light- If possible always use natural light when taking your pet in picture. Avoid flash, as flash burst can, not only cause red-eye, but also frighten the animal. Instead try to go outside, because the true energy always comes out in the open, in large open spaces and green surroundings. But, if it is not possible, a room well lit by a large window would also do the job.
  • Go Candid- It is very important that you pet feels comfortable and at ease, so instead of forcing him to come to you go to him. Animals are like little emotional sponges, and if you are stressed and anxious, they will sense it and become stressed and anxious too. So relax and have fun!
  • Background – Before you start shooting, take a look around at your shooting location and get rid of distracting objects An uncluttered background with neutral colors is ideal because it isn’t too distracting.
  • You will need a telephoto zoom lens for photographing animals. You’ll need to be able to zoom in and out to suit the movement of the animal. Prime lenses (set focal length) may work for pet photography, however you will need to physically move yourself in and out, which only excites your pet, making it harder for you to photograph them.
  • Because the animal will be moving quickly and you want to make sure the photos are free from blur, use a fast shutter speed – don’t be afraid to push it up to 1/3200s if necessary.
  • Getting on the floor and at the same level as your pet is a great way to capture some dramatic, yet natural shots.

Let the animals be happy, as you film their natural emotions and capture the innocence.