A Guide to Elevating Your Pet Photography at Home

We all want to capture memories of our beloved canine companions. This fantastic video tutorial will show you how to create those images at home. 

Coming to you from Justin Mott, this enlightening video provides a step-by-step guide on how to achieve stunning portraits of your pets using simple techniques and readily available light sources. Mott emphasizes the importance of utilizing natural light from a window and the strategic placement of your dog to capture the perfect shot. He also discusses the significance of focusing on the pet's eyes to bring life to the photo and the role of an assistant to help keep the pet's attention. This approach not only simplifies the photography process but also makes it accessible to everyone, highlighting that good photographers, not necessarily good cameras, are behind great pictures.

Mott further dives into the technical aspects of photography, offering advice on camera settings, exposure, and composition to enhance the visual appeal of the photographs. By encouraging viewers to consider their dog's personality and how to best represent that in a portrait, he adds a personal touch to the process, making each photograph a meaningful representation of the pet. The comparison of images taken with a Leica and a camera phone serves to demonstrate that quality results can be achieved regardless of equipment, reinforcing the video's message that creativity and understanding light are key to successful photography. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Mott.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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