Taking pictures of pets
Animals can't pose, are afraid of flashes and sometimes just run away from the set, so photographing pets, let alone wild animals, is quite difficult. It's not at all the same as working with people.
1. Taking photographs of animals should be done in their natural habitat. Once you get into an unfamiliar area, such as a studio, animals get scared and feel uncomfortable, so do not start working right away, let the 'model' calm down and get used to it. When photographing wild animals, try not to make your presence felt, move around quietly, don't make any sudden movements.
2. Don't make animals pose for the camera on purpose. In the best case it will look unnatural, in the worst case it will get tired of your insistence, will get angry or scared, and then everything will be a waste.
A good tactic is to keep your eye on your subject unobtrusively, pressing the shutter when the animal poses in the most expressive way. Sometimes you have to wait a long time for the right moment to arrive, but there is no other option, especially when shooting forest dwellers.
Mimicry in our small brothers is either very primitive or absent altogether. The only expressive part of their faces are their eyes. You have to focus on them when you take a portrait. Otherwise the picture will be uninteresting.
4. Use flash photography with caution. Firstly, pictures taken in too much light make the fur look flat, and you can not accurately capture its texture and volume. Secondly, due to the structure of their eyes, nocturnal animals seem to glow when the light hits them hard. It almost always looks ugly in the finished photographs, so it is better to photograph animals in daylight. If you do want to use the flash, point it not directly at your subject but to the side or the wall so the light is diffused.
5. Pay attention to the body structure. Preferably photograph long-legged dogs or horses in profile, animals with small neat muzzles in full-face. Accentuate the strength and power of a muscular animal by photographing it while playing or jumping.
6. experiment with shutter speeds. Using a slow shutter speed to take pictures of an animal that is running will result in a slightly blurry picture that gives a sense of speed. Using a fast shutter speed will freeze the frame and capture the finest detail, like a splashing dog coming out of the water.
7. Try to choose unusual angles. For example, don't shoot the whole animal, just its sharp teeth, big eyes, long rough tongue, etc.
8. When you are taking the picture, don't just focus on the creature, but also on its surroundings-no extraneous objects or people should be in the shot. Of course, you can fix some flaws in graphic editors, but is it worth spending time on it?
9. Take as many photos as you can, so you'll get at least a few good ones. If you can, go for burst mode.
10. Always keep safety in mind. Don't expose yourself or the animal being photographed to any risk for a great shot. If you see that an animal is getting aggressive, immediately stop taking pictures. Even a seemingly cute kitty, when angry, can cause quite serious injury to humans.