9/10/2010 10:00 AM ET |
Filed under: Pets
Pooches like to get their pictures taken too and this way you can treasure their sweet little faces for years to come!
Photographer Tamara Lackey shares her top 5 tips for photographing pets so you can be sure to capture their best look!
She writes from her upcoming book Capturing Life Through (Better) Photography:
1. Say No To Treats: Treats tend to distract a pet! Once a pet smells food their attention is lost. Make things fun for the pet without the treats and you’ll be sure to capture your pet’s natural look!
2. The Buddy System: There’s strength in numbers. Seek help from a friend or family member when photographing a pet to take better control of the situation. Better control means a better chance of capturing the photo you want!
3. Squeak, Squawk, and Aim High: Use your full tonal range – pets, including dogs and cats, respond greater to tone differences and sounds that are not familiar to them… and words, too! Repeating your pets name alone won’t do the trick.
4. Through the Looking Glass: If photographing through glass (i.e. a pet at play outdoors through a window or sliding door), be aware of your reflection and turn off your flash.
5. Pose Like a Super(pet)Model: If the picture is of a child and a pet together, always position the pet first. Let the child react and engage around the pet rather than forcing a pose.
Try 'em out!
Especially since National Dog Week is just around the corner at the end of September!
[Image via Seth Casteel of Little Friends Photo]
Tags: pet photography, tips