One of the things I love doing for my clients is getting great photos of their pets while I am caring for them. I often get comments from clients about how much they love my photos, and they wished that they could take pictures like that. I thought I would share some tips and tricks that I use when taking pet photos.
- Do not just take one or two photos. I always take a lot of pictures and then weed out the best.
- Good light is everything when it comes to taking photos. It’s much easier to capture great images in daylight or full room light than to get pictures in low light.
- Get down on their level. You can get on the ground with your pet: sitting or lying down. A trick that I often use is to turn on the camera of my smartphone, hold my phone upside down while snapping photos. I often bend over more to sometimes even have it right at floor level.
- Action shots are always fun. With dogs, I will play fetch or call them from across the yard with just an excited voice or a treat. Snap photos the entire time they are running to & from you. Use toys and treats with cats as well. My favorites to use are wand toys and laser pointers because you can get them to move from one area to another.
- Favorite toys or silly, high-pitched noises will often get you head tilts, flared ears, and great expressions.
- Learn how to use the edit feature on your smartphone. Any changes you make, you can always revert your photo to the original. At the very least, I crop about 98% of the photos I take, and I use the Auto Adjust on about 90% of them. You can also have fun with filters.
Once you have some great photos, you can have even more fun with them using different apps. Some of my favorites are PicCollage, Fontmania, Typorama, Insta Emoji, and Pet Pics. One of the photo options that all smartphones have “Duplicate Photo.” That allows you to have multiple copies of a favorite photo so that you can play with different apps and have many different versions of one photo.
One last thing to consider is adding a watermark to any photo that you are going to share online. People will often save pictures they see online to create memes or use them for advertising. Many memes you see use photos that the meme creator did not have permission to use. Adding a watermark is not a guarantee that your photo will not get used, but it will lessen the chances of it happening. The watermark app that I use is eZy Watermark Photos. It saves the photo with the watermark as a new photo so that you still have the original version without the watermark.
Now that you have a few new tricks to try, have fun capturing images of your pets. Photographs capture brief moments in time. Looking at a photo can transport you back to that moment, that emotion, that memory. Those special images you capture of your pets will be so important to you in the future.
“We take photographs as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.” – Katie Thurmes