Thoughts On Pet Photography

petphotosIt can be difficult to take original and inventive pet photos. It seems that everything has already been done, and trying to find an original idea is like trying to re-invent the wheel. However in order to really gain a following you must find your own personal style. It can be very hard to sit down and try to think “what” that is going to be. It’s almost impossible.

Really the only way to do it is to go out there and keep taking photos…but I want to encourage you to change things up every time. Experiment. Even if it doesn’t turn out 100% perfect. Try new angles. Get on the floor, get up on the roof. Break the traditional photographic rules (provided that you’re at least grounded in the basics before you break them). Shoot into the sunlight. Do low light stuff.

The best pictures are ones that capture a moment and tell a story. They capture a great candid moment in time and show motion and emotion. I would even suggest going to a high school photo exhibit to see what NOT to do. Now that sounds mean, but photography students tend to really regurgitate “typical” photography. Stuff that’s been done to death. However, there might be a few standout photographers that could give you a few new ideas.

I also suggest that you follow some of your favorite photographers on Flickr or Instagram in order to get new ideas and perspectives.

Many photographers will preach about learning the basic fundamentals. And that’s all well and good. I read a whole article from someone about this. And then I looked at his photos. They were lifeless and boring. Average at best. How many photos do I need of a “tide pool” or a setting sun? Give me something original.

I want to feel emotion when I see a picture. I want to see humanity in the eyes and body language of the subjects. This can often mean being in the right place at the right time. But I also suggest to people using digital cameras to just keep shooting to get practice. Hey, you’re not wasting film. As you get better, I suggest not snapping as much, and just observing for the right moment.

Be on the lookout for photographic moments all around you in every day life. They are everywhere!

Also, become familiar with computer photo retouching software. I suggest getting Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom, depending on what you want to do. I also suggest that if you have a large database of photos on your compute that you back them up all the time. You can use services like MyPCBackup and Backblaze to back up your files to the cloud quickly and easily. They are automated, so you never have to worry about it. I especially like the way that Backblaze runs quietly in the background.  If you find that your current computer is bogged down you can sweep it with a few software tools such as a spyware removal software program as well as a few optimizers.

And another tip: often it’s not the arrow, it’s the indian. You can take great pictures with any camera. Yes, having expensive lenses can help you get crisp images and great depth of field. But you can also take amazing shots with your phone. You don’t need to spend a ton of money on equipment.

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