How to Photograph One-Light Pet Portraits

Many of us have pets at home, and what better way to put your photographic skills to use than to create memorable portraits of your furry friends? This great video tutorial will show you how to use one light to create portraits of your pet that capture all their happiness and personality. 

Coming to you from Adam Goldberg with Westcott Lighting, this excellent video tutorial will show you how to create memorable pet portraits with a single light. Of course, we would rarely (if ever) photograph a human with an ultra-wide angle lens, but you might notice it is a fairly common practice with pets. The perspective distortion that would be considered unflattering for humans can be playful and endearing when applied to a pet, bringing out their unique personality all the more. They also make working with the pet easier. Whereas standing six to eight feet from a person with an 85mm lens is not an issue, it can be tricky with a pet. Being closer to an animal can make it a lot easier for you to interact with them and keep them focused on you during the process. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Goldberg. 

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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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