We all love taking photos of our pets but how many of your shots actually end up being worthy of hanging on the wall? Taking photographs of pets, and indeed all animals, can be very difficult. Unlike humans, they don’t sit and pose for long so you have to have the right technique to be able to capture that pawfect picture!

Here are a few of our top tips to help you reduce the amount of blurry photos in your camera roll.

Turn off the flash

Who enjoys being temporarily blinded by the flash of a camera? Nobody! That includes your pet. This is the most important step to taking a great pet portrait. The flash will scare your furry friend and they will not want to sit still for you any longer. Try to take your photo in well-lit surroundings – outdoor natural daylight makes for lovely photographs.

Make sure burst is on

Taking photos using the burst option on your camera or phone is a great way to capture as many options of the same photo as possible. Taking 10 photos instead of 1 ensures that at least one of those will be in focus and your pet will have their eyes open.

Get down to their level

If they are lying on the floor, you need to get down and lie on the floor with them. If they are on the sofa, kneel down to meet their eye level. Getting on the same height as them will allow you to capture them much more closely and will avoid any awkward angles where their head looks three times too big for their body!

Get an action shot

Catching an action shot of your pet really shows of their true personality and what they enjoy getting up to. Action shots also make for amusing photos with them often pulling funny faces. If you get really clever with your photos, you can also make it look like they’re leaping huge distances.

Use a distraction

If your pet just won’t sit still for long enough for you to snap their portrait, consider using a distraction. Treats work really well and hold them right above the camera so it looks like they are looking straight down the lens. There are even mounts for your phone that hold a tennis ball, if that’s what your dog enjoys. Here’s a link to an affordable one below.

Rachel Smith
Rachel Smith is a huge animal lover and has always been passionate about the wellbeing of pets. She currently has a rescue dog, Stewie and a corn snake, Samson, but has experience of looking after various different pets over the years.

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