Feature Article: November
to Take Great Pictures of the Family Pet
Reprinted with permission from
the New York Institute of Photography.
© NYI Student Judy L.Smith
With holiday time approaching, now is the time when the family
photographer tends to get out the camera to snap those memorable
family photos, but don't overlook your dog or cat or parakeet
or turtle -- they're members of your family too! These tips from
the New York Institute of Photography(NYI), America's oldest and
largest photography school, will show you how you can capture
your pet on film.
Just like other members of your family, the pet in your life may need
to be cajoled to stand still long enough for you to push the shutter
button. The easiest way to do this is to use the time-honored tradition
of treats. Who wouldn't do just about anything for something yummy?
In fact, if you want two animals to "cuddle," try rubbing
some food behind the ear of one of them - then be prepared to shoot
One of the most important elements for good pet photography is to try
to capture the personality of your animal on film. This can be accomplished
by taking photographs of your pet in action - doing the kinds of things
they like to do - be that sneaking a peek at tempting people food or
enjoying a good roll in the mud, or even sleeping in your favorite chair.
Remember to get down (or up) to their level for an interesting angle
- a bird's eye view after all is called that for a reason - and be prepared
to shoot fast since you never know what may happen.
Get the two-legged members of your family involved too. Kids and pets
are a natural picture opportunity and a whole lot of fun to watch in
action also. The trick here is to try to get the attention of both the
child and the animal so that they are looking in the same direction.
For more photo tips, check out the New York Institute
of Photography's Seven
Tips on How to Take Great Photos of your four-legged or fuzzy family
© NYI Student Larysa Y. Petlina
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Christmas Photos of Your Pooch
If you want a photo of your best
friend with Santa Claus, many places, like pet stores, SPCAs and
Humane Societies offer this service. Sometimes your local shopping
mall might even sponsor such an event. Many photo opportunities
with Santa begin as early as November. So if you are interested
in a holiday pet photo, start looking around now.