Over the past few years, I have taken hundreds of photos of my cats. You can also share the knowledge and tips about this type of photography to others. Capture your cat’s Personality when you take a great photo!
I want to clarify that I am not a professional photographer. I have taken digital photos of my cats and dog since it was possible to own a digital camera. You will be able to present your pet photos in a gallery so that the can be used for some kind of competitions, the way the cats and dogs behaves or poses will be the central concept of the competition.
The back ground you are choosing will be important in these type of photography. The type of back grounds for pet photography should be chosen carefully and should not be cluttered. A backdrop can be ideal for the situation. Try to create one so that you can use it for other types of photography also. Use a dark blue or black sheet or a piece of dark material. The back drop should be in the form of a board with more than 3 feet wide on the sides and 2 feet over the top of the pet. some photographers have the habit of green screens and this will work in most situations.
Normally most of the people uses some kind of boards as a back drop in such a situation you should ensure than the back drop is more than 3 feet by the sides and more than 2 feet over the head of the subject. Or you might be able to drape it over the back of your sofa. The trick is to keep your subject in the center, while the surrounding areas in your photo are all covered by your back drop. There should not be any wrinkles in the back drop you can remove it using some kind of tapes or adhesives. Use matching material for your pet to sit or stand on if necessary in front of the back drop. In other words, if you want the full body, make sure the other areas on the photo are covered with the backdrop.
Next, find the right lighting. If you have a couple of lamps to light up the background, that will help. Make sure there are no shadows, move the back lights around until there aren’t any shadows on your subject. Use natural lighting when possible, and try to take your photos during the daytime. Add lighting as needed. Most of the photographers relay on the day light for taking their best photos. The best place to take a photo is near a large window, with natural light, or if possible outdoors. You can compose your frame such that the pet is in the centre and the remaining part is covered by the dark colored back drop.
Avoiding the use of the flash is advisable in these cases. The flash light will cause the eyes of the pets to glow and this will ruin the overall look of the photos. Plus your pet usually won’t like the flash. The back drop should be maintained clean so that there is spots or hair. Distractions will occur in the photos if there are spots and hairs in the back drop.
The photography is an interesting activity be it animal photography, your pet photography, natural photography or wedding photography courses.