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Tips on Taking Photos of Pets
Lighting, Framing, Element of Surprise
Tips on Taking a Pet Photo
The minute your pet moves into your home, they begin to move into your heart. What better way to celebrate their
arrival than with a lovingly crafted pet painting? Working from a photograph, taken by the animal’s family, artists
reproduce the picture in brilliant detail on oil and canvass. In order to ensure the best possible outcome, you
should follow these three tips when taking pictures of your furred loved ones.
Use of natural or ambient lighting will guarantee a softer and more natural looking
picture than indoor illumination or through the use of harsh flashes. Your photographs will profit from a much more
natural look while your animal companion will benefit by avoidance of a bright light being flashed in their face
until you get that ‘perfect ‘ shot. In cases where it is impractical to bring your pet outside for whatever reason,
turn down the lights and increase the aperture of your camera. Inside lighting can take a toll on the photographic
appearance of your pet’s beautiful expressions, coat, and colors while an abrasive flash risks marring the photo by
leaving your animal with the emergence of “laser eyes” from the light’s reflection off their retinas.
Fill the Frame:
The best pet painting will seek to capture the personality of your canine or
feline family member. That personality is not showcased when they are lost in an expansive frame. Make sure that
the animal is at the center of the action by filling the frame with their fuzzy face that delights with its
curiosity and expressions. When it comes to your animal’s face, more is always more!
Go to them and surprise them:
The likelihood of getting your animal to sit still for an
extended photo shoot is unlikely. The simple solution is to go to them and surprise them with candid shots as they
go about their day. For superior results, get down on their level and capture the moment in ‘their’ space. Photos
taken from above tend to skew the appearance of the animal by making their heads appear larger and their bodies
Remember, the key to success is patience and experimentation! Wait for that perfect
moment when your animal companion is doing what they do best-looking adorable-and snap that picture. You will
marvel at the results when your gorgeous new pet painting is hanging on your wall!
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