Five Tips for Photographing your Pets at Home

If you like photography, have a camera, and have pets, they're going to meet sooner or later. Here, Matt Granger gives you his tips for photographing your pets at home.

When I got my first ever strobe light, my portrait subject that got the test flight of the unit was my cat. As is with the case with 99% of animal lovers, if you have pets, they're going to be photographed. Fortunately for me, my cat is very inquisitive to anything new being placed in the house and so testing my portrait lights out all those years ago, couldn't have been simpler.

I did no work for this test shoot, whatsoever. I set the lights up, she came to investigate.

Granger in this video offers some tips I hadn't considered, despite how obvious they are. For example, I didn't think to bribe my pets with treats. Instead, I have always tended to get them to do what I want, and then thank them with food after. Then again, my main subject for many years before he passed away was my parents' standard poodle, which did whatever you asked of him at any time.

What tips do you have for photographing your pets at home?

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Adriano Brigante's picture

My advice would be to keep a camera ready to shoot around the house at all times, in order to capture the cute moments when they happen organically. In my opinion, those natural and spontaneous moments make for the best pictures.

Jeff McCollough's picture

Where's Tina?

Joel Manes's picture

Yep, always have some gear ready to go. Also, take that first shot quickly, then worry about composition for the next shot.

When I wanted to take pictures of my pets, they constantly ran away from me

The desire to make a photo shoot with a cat arose for me a long time ago. After all, it is this pet (by the way, my cat - Burmilla ) that can take the cutest poses. And how amusing can play with a belt from a dress or sleep, curled up between the pillows. You can recall many situations when I really wanted to keep a memory of interesting moments. It is a pity that the camera at hand is far from always. But the most annoying thing is to find that the shots did not work out. On some, the image is blurry, on others, the animal has turned away. You cannot order a cat to sit still without moving until you sharpen, take an attractive pose, or smile into the frame. Therefore, to make a beautiful picture with the participation of an animal is a great success for a lover of photographs. It is important that the technique does not fail, since it is unlikely to repeat the production.