Photographing Pets

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We all love our pets, and we all love photographing them. However, it gets tedious trying to get the perfect shot without them wiggling around and trying to get them to sit still.

There isn’t much to photograph in my house except for my cat, Bella. However, I’ve always had trouble getting her to stop walking up to the camera when I wanted to photograph her. To solve my problem, I had to use my surroundings to get her to focus on something else.

Since my cat is a HUGE eater, she perks up whenever she can smell food within the vicinity. The best way to distract your pet is to use food. Usually I use one hand to hold the camera and the other hand holds the food. Any normal animal’s first instinct would be to watch the food, so if you want them to look at the camera, you’d put the food right next to the lens. This usually works for me.

Another option would be to use another person as a distraction: my brother helps me out. The way I do this is by sitting or standing close by, and get my lens focused and wait. I have my brother whistle/snap/jump around/screech/whatever gets Bella’s attention. That will get her to sit still and stare for a while, and I use that opportunity to take the photo. It’s also a good idea to stand right behind your distraction.

If all else fails, you’ll need to play with your pet until they simply get tired out and lie down. When my cat is tired, she lies down anywhere and usually cooperates with me. I always get the best photos of Bella when she’s lazing around on my bed.

However, the best thing to do to capture the best animal shots are to ALWAYS have your camera with you if your pet yawns/coughs/smiles/pukes/sneezes/etc.

I hope this helps!

written by natalieerachel on 2011-04-19 in #gear #tipster

9 Comments

  1. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Aghh I wrote this a reaaaaaally long time ago before my lomo cameras, so those are digital. But the principles are relatively the same. Sorry about that!

  2. nigelk
    nigelk ·

    Do you still have the rooster? :-p

  3. zoezo
    zoezo ·

    is the first photo a bear cub??? SO CUTE!

  4. zoezo
    zoezo ·

    is the first photo a bear cub??? SO CUTE!

  5. kitde
    kitde ·

    Capturing pets is definitely hard! My puppy will never sit still and all of my photos of her are blurs unless I make her sit for a treat :) My best photo ever is of my cat yawning... although unfortunately it is digital :(

  6. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Haha I only have Bella.
    @nigelk The rooster is a friend of mine's. She has a whole farm at her house.
    @zoezo His name is Kuma, which means bear :) He's the cutest thing ever, but my friend had to give him aaway :(
    @kitde Yeah they always fidget and get really excited when you come close to them. Yeah sorry about that, I didn't realize how long ago that I wrote this :(

  7. santafire
    santafire ·

    My dog nods a lot when he sits and smile. Pretty hard to tell him not to be too excited plus gotta wait a while for them to be tired :)

  8. captainstunt
    captainstunt ·

    Useful Tipster, I was eating in my room and my dog was just staring at me, I remembered this haha. Cute cat by the way. :)

  9. captainstunt
    captainstunt ·

    Useful Tipster, I was eating in my room and my dog was just staring at me, I remembered this haha. Cute cat by the way. :)

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