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Tips for Great Pet Photos

We love our pets and we love to take pictures of them! Here are some tips to make the most out of your photo sessions.


FOR STARTERS
Make sure you have set your camera for the best quality setting it has. Images must be 300dpi and at least one megabyte (MB) large to reproduce in the calendar the best possible way. Then...


RELAX
If you are stressed, your pet will be too. Take a deep breath. Have fun!


FOCUS ON THE EYE
The eyes are the most expressive part of an animal's face, so if you want to create really engaging portraits, focus on the eyes and facial expressions. Make sure to use the auto-focus feature on your camera.


AVOID USING YOUR FLASH
Try to take your pictures using natural light. Using your camera's flash can create harsh shadows and unflattering colors, not to mention the red eye issue. If your pet has light colored fur or skin, a flash will wash them out. Bright flashes can also scare your pet.


GET RID OF CLUTTER
Before you pull out your camera, take a look around your shooting location and get rid of any distracting objects. Do you really want to see that coffee cup or that take-out container in the background? Will that broken branch do anything but distract in the great shot of your dog frolicking in your yard? If your shooting location is too cluttered to deal with (moving trash cans, kid's toys, etc) then consider changing your location.


GET DOWN, BE STEADY
To be on eye level with your pet, you may have to crouch or lie on the ground. This will produce a much more interesting shot than one from standing height. If your tripod won't accommodate your new position, use a book or a chair instead. Taking a breath before pressing the shutter button will help eliminate camera shake.


PAY YOUR MODEL
Make sure to have a pocket full of treats to reward your model after a successful photo shoot.


Get your cameras ready!
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