Taking pictures of a pet is something that most of us do on a regular basis. Pets can create great keepsakes for the whole family and there are many wonderful ways that you can take pictures of them in a number of fun and creative ways. Most dogs are naturally friendly, funny and will often pose for pictures with children, adults and sometimes even other pets. If you have a camera phone or a digital camera, you can easily take pictures of your favorite dog while they are out and about. These pictures can be a real treasure to keep forever. Below are some ideas of some of the best pictures of a pet you can use to create a keepsake for years to come.
If you want to take pictures of a pet that is in motion then one of the best ways to do this is to turn off the flash and just use your camera’s internal camera flash instead. This allows you to have a longer shutter speed and with a long enough flash exposure your pictures of a pet will be beautifully exposed. Of course, using a flash indoors can cause problems with indoor lighting so it is often wise to also use an external flash. If you have a fairly decent flash device and take pictures of a pet outdoors in good light, you should be able to capture your pet in all sorts of light.
Another way to capture movement is to turn your camera on its “Burst” mode which is what the camera manufacturers call a high-end photo mode. This will automatically expose your pictures of a pet for you without any of your intervention. This mode is wonderful for capturing fast moving scenes of your pets around the house such as going from room to room or chasing a ball. You can also use this mode to take pictures of large pets like dogs.
Digital photo printers can also help to capture fast moving action shots of pets. Simply print your pictures out on quality paper at home or take them with you to a pet friendly photography studio. Professional animal photographers are well trained to understand how to operate a digital camera to get the most out of the picture. Digital photo printing doesn’t replace an experienced photographer so don’t think that you won’t need a photographer when taking pictures of pets.
As I mentioned before, you want to take pictures of a pet that are taken from different angles. Taking pictures of a pet in a standing position from across the room can seem like a difficult task but many professional photographers do this and can easily achieve a great angle that will really show the personality of the pet. Take different angles while your pet is in the same room and focus on different features of your pet. Don’t forget to move around in different directions to see what effects are created. Remember, pets are like human photographs so it is important to create a composition that really showcases the features of the animal.
Having a quality camera with a fast shutter speed is essential. The more pictures a photographer takes, the better chance there is of getting a more complete photo collection. Also, if you aren’t experienced with pet photography then I recommend hiring a professional photographer. You can learn to use a camera and take excellent pictures of your pet; however, if you aren’t skilled with the camera then an experienced photographer with many years of experience can save you time and money on pet photography.