Pet Photography Tips and Tricks

Anyone who has attempted to take photos of pets knows how difficult it is to capture a pet’s personality and keep its focus on you. Here are some tips and tricks to aid you in pet photography.

  1. Use Natural Light – If possible always use natural lighting. Natural lighting usually gives photos a more realistic feel. Most people want their pet pictures to feel as though they were not staged and natural lighting is one of the most important factors for a realistic feel.
  2. Give the pet a personality – If you own the pet you are photographing aim for a picture that captures the pet’s character. After all no one knows its personality like its owner. If the pet is not owned by you either ask the owner to describe the pet’s character or observe the pet until it reviles a trait.
  3. Surprises – Pets, like some people, enjoy surprises. If the animal does not cooperate place a treat near your camera and the animal will likely ignore everything, except the treat. If the animal still does not pay attention whistle or call its name. This will capture the pet’s attention and naturally place it in an alert posture.
  4. Comfort  – If the animal refuses to acknowledge the existence of the photographer or reacts in a negative way, do not feel bad. The animal is likely uncomfortable, especially if you are a stranger. To fix this get down to the pet’s level. Once you appear to be at an equal height with the pet they feel you are no longer a threat and will be much more calm. Being down at the pet’s level is also a great opportunity to take pictures of the pet from unique angles.
  5. Have fun – Play with a pet if it has too much energy for a photo-shoot. It will eventually become tired and calm down.
  6. Be patient –  Pet photography requires massive amounts of patience. Allocate a minimum of an hour for a pet cat

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5 thoughts on “Pet Photography Tips and Tricks

  1. I’m very glad to have discovered your blog (via OM incidentally). I love this article. As an amateur photographer, I can use all the tips I can get (I am primarily a writer, you see). Look forward to more posts. I’m certain there’s a lot I can learn from you 🙂


  2. PS: Just wanted to add that the photography I have on my blog (everything in the photography category is my own work, even thought I am yet to learn hot to watermark) is usually accompanied by my story behind the photo: what inspired me to take that particular shot.
    And since I’ve mentioned watermarking: do you have a post about that on your blog? If so, would you be so kind as to send me the link. If not, would you please write one.
    Many thanks,


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