THE ASSIGNMENT This week you are challenged to photograph animals. It can be pets, wild animals, visits to the zoo, the spiders hiding in the corner or the neighborhood attach squirrel. Below are some examples, tips and tricks. As always have fun and try to show me something I have never seen before.
TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING PETS
1. Catch your Pet’s Character Photographing pets takes on a deeper meaning when you can capture their character in a photo. It’s a good idea to photograph pets in their preferred spots or enjoying a much-loved pastime such snoozing on the porch or catching a Frisbee. To capture a pet’s character, you can ask yourself what is unique about your pet and try to capture that uniqueness on camera.
2. Freeze the Action Photographing your pet at play is a great way to capture some interesting shots with personality. Because your pet will be moving quickly and you want to make sure the photos are free from blur. Try using the burst mode creating multiple shots by holding down the shutter button as long as you’d like to help you catch that perfect moment.
3.Aim for the Eyes In your pets quiet moments, after eating or bedtime for example, move in close for some dramatic and expressive shots. focus your phone by taping their eyes on your screen. Drag the sun up and down to make sure the eyes are exposed properly.
An uncluttered background with neutral colors is ideal because it isn’t too distracting. 4. Get on their Level Getting on the floor and at the same level as your pet is a great way to capture some dramatic, yet natural shots. Lying on the ground usually prevents the use of a tripod, so to keep the camera steady you may use a camera bean bag, or a sturdy book as support. To help reduce camera shake, take a deep breath before you take the shot. 5.Avoid Using a Flash
There are various reasons why flash should be avoided when taking photographs of pets. For example, flash is bright and can be unnerving for a small animal. Flash can scare them or make them nervous and hide. Additionally, flash is harsh. Particularly if you are indoors, it’s best to use natural light since this won’t wash out feathers. If your pet is light colored, white fur in particular will look washed out with a flash. Another reason for not using flash is because animals can photograph with red eye, like humans. Finally, try to avoid using flash with animals that live in tanks, because glass will reflect the flash making an unsightly white hotspot. This also is true with metal cages, because once again, even dull metal will look white under the beam.