Photography Tips for Pet Portraits


To create a good animal portrait painting it is very important to create good, clear photographs.
To help you with this here are some animal photography tips for taking great photos.
Detailed clear photos are the best.

Choose a photograph which you think is suitable for a portrait, one that clearly shows all the
features, especially the eyes and portrays the personality of your pet.

Take lots of photographs. It is best to use a digital camera so that you can take plenty of
photographs and then choose the best of these. The reason digital is so good is that there is
no waste because you can just delete the ones that aren’t needed.
Taking the right photographs may take some time.

If you don’t succeed the first time, keep trying. Professional photographers all agree that
taking the right photographs is all about being in the right place at the right time.

Make it a relaxing and enjoyable experience for your pet and yourself.
Bring a helper along and lots of treats. this counts mostly for responsive animals such
as dogs and horses.

Create a setting. Light is important. Natural Daylight is the best.
Mornings and afternoons are ideal as the sun isn’t too glary in countries like Australia.
Light cloud cover is ideal.If the light is too strong there is no detail in the shadows,
just a big dark shape. This is especially the case when capturing black or white animals.
Basically, extreme light conditions are difficult to get the detail into.

Cats are natural posers. Try to get them when they are sitting in their favourite spot.
It is surprising how much they will move when they know that you are looking at them,
so keep your camera handy for a few days and take lots of snaps.

Horses look their best when they are heads up, ears forward and looking alert.
As they are flight animals it is never too long before they lift their heads up and look perfect.
Just take a few hours on a sunny day to capture your favourite look. It will be beneficial to
have a helper to attract their attention. When Photographing a full body step back far enough
and take lots of photographs as their eyes and ears rarely stop moving.

For portraits of pets you will get the most pleasing results if you get down to their eye level.
For full body pictures it is necessary to be a distance away to avoid distortion, such as a
giant head and a much smaller body. Also eye level creates the best results for capturing
their character.

Finally, please send me several photographs by post or email and let me know which one
you like best. If you need any more help just contact me and we can work it out together.