Most of us know that for every great pet photo, there are usually 10 blurry ones that didn’t make the cut. Pet photography can be a challenge but don’t give up – Purina has a few tricks that can make all the difference! Here are some of our top tips to help you capture the perfect shot:
1. Use natural light - Look for an area with lots of natural light when taking pet photos – early morning or late afternoon is best. Avoid the brightest part of the day and using a flash as it can cause red-eye and trigger sudden movements in your pet.
2. Get down on their level – It will help to keep your pet at ease and has the added bonus of capturing them on a level that they see the world from. Don’t continue if your pet is showing signs it is uncomfortable with this though.
3. Surprise them – We all know how hard it is to keep a dog still. If you have someone in another location, whistle or call out or use a squeak a toy - you should have a few seconds to capture them in an upright, alert position.
4. Choose your time wisely. Your pet will be less energetic when they’re sleepy or tired from a brisk walk. If you’re trying to capture them mid-play, start shooting toward the end of the session when their movements have slowed down.
5. Use a prop – You can trick your pet into focusing on the camera by holding a treat or their favourite toy just above the lens of your camera.
6. Don’t forget to groom – Before you start shooting, give your pet a quick brush and gentle clean the corner of their eyes to ensure they are looking their best.
7. Pay attention to background – Choosing a simple background in a colour palette opposite to your pet’s fur will help ensure that they stand out in the photo.
8. Reward, reward, reward – Hold a treat close to your face to get their attention and then reward them with the treat even if you’re still to get the perfect shot.
9. Go at their pace – Don’t ever force them into a situation or pose that they are not comfortable with.
10. Let them see your face – Often dogs will look away from the camera/ phone or will shy away, this can be because they are uncertain of the weird box shaped thing in their face, try to hold the camera/ phone slight away from your face so your dog can see you and everything is ok. Some dogs take a little bit to get used to this so go slowly and build up a positive association between the camera using encouraging praise and treats, including letting them check it out by smelling it.
About the Purina PetCare Advice Centre
The Purina PetCare Advice Centre brings together a team with in-depth knowledge, experience and special interests with the skills to advise about health and nutrition, behaviour, training, socialisation, as well as basic first aid for your cat or dog. Our team of dedicated pet lovers can also provide information about Purina products and services to help you give your pet the best possible care. If you've got a question about any aspect of pet care, then ask the Purina PetCare Advice team.