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My chow chow, Mugen is clearly the star of our family. He’s got the divo attitude, his cute looks that everyone fawns over and all of his silly/weird personality quirks. I try to give him the star treatment in any way that I can- I even had paintings commissioned of him as a king and a distinguished gentleman.
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Another thing that makes my dog a typical star is that he hates the paparazzi- namely, me. It doesn’t matter if it’s a phone camera or a big old dslr, he KNOWS when I’m trying to take his photo and often runs off or just looks grumpy. Unfortunately, I love taking photos of him so I’ve had a lot of practice trying to get some good shots despite his star-like attitude. Today, I’m sharing a tutorial with some tips and tricks to get great shots of even the most camera shy pets!
Step 1: Setup
If you’re using a dslr with a low aperture, you won’t have to focus on this one quite as much as you can blur out the background so that it isn’t distracting. But if you aren’t (or you’re using a lens that doesn’t have a very low f-stop number), make sure the background of where you want to take your pet’s photo is clean without any distractions. An otherwise nice photo can be easily ruined by a pile of laundry or a brightly colored decoration that clashes with the rest of the image!
Step 2: Lighting
No matter what kind of camera you’re using, lighting is the most important thing! After all, a photography is simply capturing light. Make sure the location you’re taking your pet’s photo in is well-lit and natural light is preferable to artificial light. If you’re indoors, try near a window! If outdoors, the best time for photos is about an hour before sunset as the sun is low in the sky and the light and shadows will not be as harsh. If you have to take shots earlier in the day when the light is more harsh, try taking them in the shade. Here’s a quick example to show what I mean- in the first photo, the (dim) light is to his right and his face is totally in shadow. But as he turns his face directly towards it in the second photo, you can see how much clearer it is.
The above photos were taken for this tutorial as most of the natural light outside was fading, but here’s a better example in the same spot during the day when the natural light is plentiful- it gives a nice, even look to the photo:
Step 3: Angles
Taking a photo at the same angle all of the time is boring! While shooting your pet, make sure to vary the shots you’re taking. Try some from up high and below your pet’s head. Holding a treat in your hand can be helpful to get your pet to look in the direction you want it to, which is what I did to obtain this image:
Here are some photos of my dog at roughly the same location but with a few different angles-
Step 4: Have your camera ready to go in the right place at the right time
This is the biggest one when it comes to camera-shy pets. Often he will do something cute or funny and I’ll miss it because I didn’t bring my camera or phone with me on that walk or didn’t have it nearby, etc. But most of the photos I like the most of him that I’ve taken have been when I’ve just gone with the flow and tried to snap a few while he was relaxed.
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Let me know in the comments- how do you give your pet the star treatment with Purina® Dog Chow® Natural?