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How to prepair for pet photoshoot
Understanding animal photography basics Pets are often considered family members. We take their pictures and post them on Facebook and Instagram. However, taking photos of animals is not an easy task. This is understandable because pets do not really understand what we are trying to do. Animals on the photo can really add a character to the picture. Most of the times its clever to choose a relaxed environment that is familiar to to the pet, so the animal won’t get too distracted. Pets have unique personalities, individual responses to situations, and ways of expressing themselves. We asked Truefie.com photographer Neil about what are key tips for a good animal photographer. He said its time.’’Pets are a law unto themselves even with obedient dogs, so having enough time to allow the right moments to be captured is key’’ There are a number of ways to shoot great pictures of a pet with a camera. Using food, toys, or another person to direct a pet to look in a particular direction or to elicit a certain expression may be necessary. Bringing another pet or family member on the photo can help create an image that captures the personality of the animal in a more typical atmosphere as attention is taken away from the camera. Even more charming than a picture of a single pet is one of a group of pets. The important fundamental to remember is to restrict the area, since pets are among the world’s most curious and active creatures. Using a basket or box lined with some soft, dull-finished material to restrict them to a given area. Because of their curiosity they will try to crawl out. Group pictures must be taken at high speeds, preferably with flash. The pet’s movements, at such times, are usually quicker than the photographer realizes. From a picture standpoint, baskets photograph better than boxes. Other interesting pictures result when shooting from a low angle at groups of pets on a small table or desktop as they peer over the edge.
During an animal photography shoot Most photography sessions begin with a brief discussion about the relationship of the pet and owner. Taking a look around for photographic areas at chosen location. The more relaxed owner, the more relaxed the pet will be, and the results are more natural looking photographs. The type of relationship will also dictate what photos are captured. Interacting naturally gives good results. The type of shots that are captured will depend on how the session is going, the individual, the pet, and their relationship. Early in the day the pets are generally alert, but still relaxed and willing to pay attention to the assistant and photographer. These types of photos can be taken in a number of locations inside or outside. Pet photography is a constant paradox: a paradox of plan plus accident. Before beginning to photograph, it’s best to come up with some basic picture ideas, general locations, lighting, props etc. After that, the general composition of the photo must be carefully planned, i. e. Close-up, medium shot, full-length etc. When the basic ideas and the general composition are set, the accidents of form and the surprising expressions of the animal, together will create the completed photographs. The natural curiosity of pets may also be used to the animal photographers advantage. Pets are always moving around, so the shoot should be fun and flexible. It’s clever to move around as well. Natural light is always better than artificial, because flash can scare the animals, especially when there are shelter animals. Try to keep the concept playful and use unusual backdrops. It’s wise not to give a full meal to the animal, otherwise it will feel sleepy soon. Bring some water in case the pet gets thirsty. Nails should be cut and bath should be taken a day or two before the shoot. Also wise to take a walk with a dog before a shoot. For dog pictures it is possible to make some continuous sounds to get their attention, but with cats its possible only once. Neil advises to keep the shoot simple. ” Keep it simple – if at home clear as much space as possible around the photo area so the image doesn’t have distracting items in the background. If we are going on a walk with a dog, have a think about the route beforehand and good spots we can look to create action shots or static shots with a stunning backdrop, canals, rivers, trees etc. ‘’
Types of shoots There are two types of shoots for animals: candid and posed. Candid shots let the animal be who they really are. Posed shots require a lot of patience from both sides. Animals should be captured being themselves. Accomplishing this goal isn’t difficult but requires two important things: familiarity with pets behavior, and patience. It’s hard to imagine anything more relaxing than to look at a pet snoozing away. A good opportunity to photograph pet when it’ s playing, especially with another pet. By photographing a dog while she plays, can give great action pictures, at the same time conditioning the dog to associate photos with fun. It may take a little practice to capture the actions, but it’s worth the effort. When it comes to capturing the personality of your pet, the face, especially around the eyes, is one place to start. But there are many other parts of the pet as well that uniquely represent him or her. Close-ups of these body parts often work better as framed artwork than traditional full-body portraits. Truefie.com has pet photographers from different cities all over Netherlands: Amsterdam, Den Hague, Rotterdam etc. You can book Neil directly through this link: https://truefie.com/en-NL/photographer/ncpphotography
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