How to Take Awesome Photos of Your Pets?

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Pets are valued members of the family. Capturing photos of your pets can create valuable mementos of these furry creatures who walk beside us for a short time, but last in our hearts forever.

Unfortunately, a professional photoshoot isn’t in everyone’s budget. However, with some time dedicated to learning the basics of photography, and the right tools, you can capture awesome photos of your pets. Here are the top tips for amazing pet photography. In this post, I’ll give you tips that might help you get amazing photos of your pets, and give you recommendations about the gear.

Plan Your Shots Ahead of Time

As exhilarating as it might sound to invoke your inner National Geographic photographer, you’re not a professional, and your dog isn’t a wild animal. Instead, plan your shots ahead of time and outline when and where you’ll capture them.

The planning process allows you to work around any potential challenges that may arise. For example, if you’re hoping to get some peaceful shots of your pooch, planning it for before they get their daily walk could be disastrous. Alternatively, if you’re hoping to get some playful shots, you won’t want it scheduled for when they usually relax.

Pick the types of shots you want and make a plan. It’s alright to have separate photoshoots to capture them in various settings.


Image by Pitsch from Pixabay 

Use the Right Camera

There are a lot of powerful cameras on the market that take amazing photos that work as standalone portraits or inspiration for bespoke art pieces (learn more). If you want to shot professional photos, the following are the top DSLR camera for a portrait produced by the greatest brands:

However, a new camera is a significant expense and has a learning curve. For a more affordable approach, especially if you are going to use your photo online consider using a newer model phone camera. The iPhone 8 Plus and above all have dual cameras with portrait mode, a setting that creates a focused foreground and artistically blurred background.

Give yourself some time to get comfortable using the camera. This will make it easier to capture the shots you want.

Use the Right Lens

The best lens for portrait photography is either specifically designed with portrait photography in mind or can capture portraits as one of its key features. However, before we discuss these lenses, I recommend reading my post >> what’s a good lens for portraits<< to fully understand what factors we are looking for when choosing a lens for portrait photography. The following are the top-class professional lens for a portrait produced by the greatest brands.

Learn Photography 101

Regardless of your approach, you should take a bit of time to learn the basics of photography. White balance, shutter speeds, and aperture are particular areas of interest on which to focus.

Your white balance refers to the tone of your image, and whether it’s warm or cool. For example, the light, orange glow everything gets in lamplight would be a warm tone. The blueish tint you get when taking a photo of a snowy landscape is a cool tone. Being able to correct the tone makes for more balanced images.

The shutter speed is of particular importance to shooting pets’ photos. Lower shutter speeds are required for capturing images in low light, but the subject needs to be kept still. Alternatively, higher shutter speeds only work in brighter scenarios but are ideal for catching action shots.

The maximum aperture number of the lens is important in portrait shots. It controls the depth of field (the amount of your shot that will be in focus). For portrait photography, it is better to use a shallow depth of field so that only part of the image (subject) will be in focus and the rest will be fuzzy or out of focus. In other aspects, a lens of a wide aperture is capable of producing amazing bokeh.  The bokeh effect gives the photo a magnificent look as it concentrates the viewer’s eye toward the subject.

Having a better understanding of photography basics will help you choose the right environment and settings for the images you want.


Image by Achmad Bisri from Pixabay 

Focus on the Eyes

The eyes are the window to the soul. To truly capture your pet’s personality, make their eyes your target for each image you capture.

You will also want to get at eye-level with your pet. This creates an immersive photo experience that puts the viewer of the image in your pet’s world. It also makes the photos more proportionate and realistic– when you take a picture from above, it creates distortion.

Reward Your Model

It’s not a genuine photo shoot without a paid model, is it? Reward your pet with a new toy or treat to thank them for their cooperation. You can even use this incentive as a way to encourage them to stay still for that perfect shot.

Taking photos of your pet should be a fun bonding experience. If you start to get frustrated, take a break and go back to the drawing board. Use this experience as a way to create memories with your fur baby.

Related posts:

Best Canon Lens For Portrait Photography

what’s a good lens for portraits


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  • Another piece of beautiful information you have here ehab. Our pets are truly a part of us and in my family, we have a couple of pets and I think it’d be really nice to take pictures of them. At least, for the memories. The way you have explained all about it is truly beautiful. Thank you for this nice post. Cheers

  • hello Ehab;
    Once again, thank you for answering my question last time about the price of quality photographic material.
    I must admit, I have never managed to make quality photos of my pets and God knows how much I have and how much I wear them in my heart, they are excited all the time as soon as they see me coming.But with his advice I think I’ll be able to do it with a little luck.
    thank you.

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