Ten Ways to Take Better Pictures of Your Pet
A good photo can make all the difference when it comes to creating a treasured fine art pet portrait. So here are a few simple guidelines to help you get started. Even if you follow just one or two of these tips, you may get a great photo.
1. Be patient. Animals keep moving around, and most don't know much about posing.
2. Use a toy or treat to get your pet's attention. An assistant can be helpful here.
3. Get on the same level as your pet.
4. Fill the camera view, to get more detail in the photo.
5. Use natural light outdoors or from a window indoors.
6. Be sure the eyes are easy to see.
7. Check your focus before shooting.
8. Feel free to be creative with your photography.
9. Take many photos, even the pros do this.
10. If your dog is excitable, try taking pictures after you have exercised and fed your dog. A calmer, more relaxed dog is much easier to photograph.
Here are the nine photos it took to get just the right reference for the painting "Kissing Dogs."
Sometimes, we no longer have a pet around to get that perfect photo. The far left photo was the only one available of a long departed rescued dog named Inky. I used my computer software to bring back the lost colors. (center) Then, from the newly created reference, I painted Inky's portrait. (Far right.) As you see, I can even work from poor photos, if needed.