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How To Get Great Photos of Pets

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The first thing to do is pick a day when there hasn't been a lot going on. A relaxed pet takes better pictures and is usually easier to control. Gather all your supplies in one spot, if you stay put your pet stays put. Now decide on a good backdrop and put your pet in place. Using either your extra hand or extra person get your pets attention and start snapping. 


When taking photos of a cat the best chance you have is when they are in play mode. Use a treat or toy to get their attention. Or wait till they want attention and use that as your "treat". 


Other pets can be tricky. As can trying to shoot multiple animals can be pretty difficult. Try using the same techniques only for two animals. Sometimes an extra person or two will make all the difference. 


Overall Tips & Warnings


  • Never get angry with your pets, they don't know what's going on and that's not fair.
  • Reward for good positions and sitting pretty. Dogs, especially, start learning how to pose. Mine sure did!
  • Sleeping cats make great pics, it's their most natural position anyway.
  • Stop while your ahead. If you have a few great photos, leave it at that and take more later.
  • Always remember you have the candid to fall back on. Horses and cats tend to take the best pictures when they don't mean to.
  • Grooming is a plus, pretty animals take pretty pictures
  • Never put your animal in an unsafe situation just for a great photo-op.
  • Having an extra person always makes it easier, but make sure the person understands how to work with animals, angry people make lousy helpers




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