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Photographing your pets

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Photos of your pet are a lasting memory. However, sometimes the cat jumps out of the picture quicker than the photographer would like or the black dog can is hardly discernable from the background. The experts from Maxi Zoo know what it all depends on and have compiled the following, easy to implement tips for hobby photographers.

The main rule when photographing animals is – be patient! Little puppies or lively pets just will not stay still and pose for the camera. Stop the photo session if you notice that your pet in not in the right mood.

It could be that having a camera in front of his face distracts your pet so much that he can hardly behave himself. Maybe you could get someone to help you. For example, a bird may be enticed into playing with a toy, but you’ll have to wait for a convenient moment to start snapping. Your assistant could offer your bird a treat, making for an amusing picture and allowing you to concentrate fully on the photo taking.

Set the scene

Of course there is nothing like a great snapshot, but all too often objects and things in the background appear in the picture that detract from your subject or ruin the image. This could be pieces of furniture, uneven tiles or a background that is too light or too dark. Therefore, take a good look through the viewfinder before you start so as to detect and remove anything that happens to be in the way. Select a background that contrasts well with the colour of your pet to avoid the shape and contours vanishing.

Get down to eye-level

You’ll get a better photo of your pet if you photograph them at their level, otherwise the head or the body will be too blurred. For good effect, those who like to experiment can also try out the worms or birds eye view.

Size matters

The more animal in the picture the better; your subject should take up at least half the frame. This is, however, easier said than done as cats can be very unpredictable in their movements. If this happens keep your distance and allow some space to the left and right of the animal in the picture. Later you can crop out the desired size such as just the bird or just her head, which of course is no problem in the age of digital photography.

Chose the correct light

Daylight is best for taking animal shots. However it is not always practical in every situation and flash photography has its risks; dog and cat eyes will reflect the light back into the lens when photographed using a flash. If your subject’s surroundings are dark, the eyes will look unnatural, glassy or luminous green, the contours and depth of the animal’s body or head will also be lost through the use of a strong frontal flash. A rotating flash works better as it indirectly lights your subject via the ceiling.

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