Tips For Photographing Your Pet

  • For maximum impact get close and fill the frame with your subject.
  • Try to make your pet look happy and energetic. Hold a squeaky toy or treats in one hand to help direct their gaze towards the camera.
  • The best shots are the ones that capture your pet’s personality. Try photographing them doing something they love such as playing with their favourite toy.
  • Try shooting at different angles. Your pictures will look more natural if your pet is at eye level with the camera. Squat, crouch and lay on your belly for a more personal and intimate photo.
  • Good lighting is the key. For best results, use an SLR camera with a fast lens that works well in low lighting.
  • Try soft morning or evening light. If you are shooting indoors use natural light such as next to a window or skylight.
  • Avoid using the camera’s built-in flash. It is harsh and puts light right in the animal’s eyes as well as casting unnatural shadows around them.
  • Focus right on your pet’s eyes. This area must be sharp and in focus.
  • Catchlights in your pet’s eyes will capture their mood and expression. This will happen naturally if you seek out good light sources.
  • The trick is to take lots of photos. One of them is bound to be a great photo for a painting.

Good Photo

This photo was taken outside in soft morning light. It is sharp, has bright colours and the dog is alert and engaged with the camera because she has the ball to maintain her interest. The image size is 941 kb. Ideally, it should be possible to print the image on an A4 sheet with no pixelation. The bigger the image size the better. Notice the catchlights in her eyes. This was an excellent photo to work from.