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Tips on Taking Photos of Pets
Lighting, Framing, Element of Surprise

Tips on Taking a Pet Photo
The minute your pet moves into your home, they begin to move into your heart. What better way to celebrate their arrival than with a lovingly crafted pet painting? Working from a photograph, taken by the animal’s family, artists reproduce the picture in brilliant detail on oil and canvass. In order to ensure the best possible outcome, you should follow these three tips when taking pictures of your furred loved ones.

Use of natural or ambient lighting will guarantee a softer and more natural looking picture than indoor illumination or through the use of harsh flashes. Your photographs will profit from a much more natural look while your animal companion will benefit by avoidance of a bright light being flashed in their face until you get that ‘perfect ‘ shot. In cases where it is impractical to bring your pet outside for whatever reason, turn down the lights and increase the aperture of your camera. Inside lighting can take a toll on the photographic appearance of your pet’s beautiful expressions, coat, and colors while an abrasive flash risks marring the photo by leaving your animal with the emergence of “laser eyes” from the light’s reflection off their retinas.

Fill the Frame:
The best pet painting will seek to capture the personality of your canine or feline family member. That personality is not showcased when they are lost in an expansive frame. Make sure that the animal is at the center of the action by filling the frame with their fuzzy face that delights with its curiosity and expressions. When it comes to your animal’s face, more is always more!

Go to them and surprise them:
The likelihood of getting your animal to sit still for an extended photo shoot is unlikely. The simple solution is to go to them and surprise them with candid shots as they go about their day. For superior results, get down on their level and capture the moment in ‘their’ space. Photos taken from above tend to skew the appearance of the animal by making their heads appear larger and their bodies smaller.

Remember, the key to success is patience and experimentation! Wait for that perfect moment when your animal companion is doing what they do best-looking adorable-and snap that picture. You will marvel at the results when your gorgeous new pet painting is hanging on your wall!



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