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How to get great pet photos

For a pet lover, there are few more important things than their four (or six or eight!) legged friends. It’s always nice to have a few photos around the house of them, too, which is why we got together with UK canvas print experts Somer Print put together this list of tips on how to get the perfect pet shots:

Natural light

If possible, it’s a good idea to use natural light when getting a shot of your pets. Flash can not only cause potential red-eye, but can also potentially frighten the poor animal! Go outside if you’re struggling to get good shots indoors, as the light will likely be a bit better.

Keep those eyes sharp

When it comes to pet photography, a lot of the best shots have really sharp shots of the pets eyes. As they say, eyes are the window to the soul, and this is doubly the case when it comes to our four legged friends.

Help them feel easy

One of the keys to getting good pet shots is to try and help them feel more relaxed – in this sense, pets are like children in that they’ll make a more enthusiastic model whilst doing things they like, rather than vice versa! If you know you’re looking for a new photo, try following your pets around and waiting for the right moment.

Keep it in character

One of the things that we pet owners love is that our friends always have their own unique personality. In this sense, many of the best pet photos come when they’re acting in character: e.g. if you’ve got a very lazy cat, then a shot of him yawning will really suit, and vice versa if they’re very playful and the shot is of them playing.

Surprise them

Having to hold a pet still is never going to be a great way to get a realistic shot – certainly not one that you’re going to want to actually show to anyone, anyway! Try and surprise your pets instead: simply find them in the house and get a shot when they turn to face you. You’d be surprised what sort of results you can get using this method.

Be patient

This is perhaps the key part of the process: obtaining a genuinely good photo of your pets can take a lot of time. In the end, a lot of it comes down to simply waiting for the right shot – so be prepared to be patient!

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