Jack Russell Terriers are my personal favorite, that’s one of the reasons I breed them. I also enjoy having a cat or two roaming around the place and photos of all of them plus their litters have filled more than one shoe box over the years. Jack Russells are very active dogs but become camera shy and freeze in place when they see a camera. Cats run away or look at you with bored eyes when you pull the camera out, so it’s safe to say I have many less-than-perfect pictures of my dogs and cats. Ahh, but there are those times when I got it right and have taken priceless photos of my pets and you can too with these tips for taking better pet photos.
Turn Off Flash and Sound
Pets hate the camera flash. It scares them and they’ll hide for hours (cats especially) after a flash, plus you’ll always get the dreaded ‘red-eye’ look on your pet if you use the flash. Wait for better lighting conditions or increase the ISO setting on your camera so you can take clearer photos without using the flash.
If your camera makes any type of sound when a picture is taken, turn the sound off too.
Get down to your pet’s level before snapping the picture. Get on your knees or belly so you can see the view from your pet’s perspective for clear facial and/or body shot of your pet. Some pet’s will interpret your body language as play time when you get down on their level and show off some of their unique personality so you can capture it on film.
Eye to Eye
Look your pet in the eyes through the lens of the camera. Animals express themselves with their eyes and if you focus on their eyes during the photo-taking session you can capture their personality. Remember to turn the flash off so you won’t get the red-eyed look.
Pick a Spot
Let your pet pick the spot where the photo magic will happen. Trying to pose them in a strange location will lead to a failed photo op. Let them pick the spot, like a favorite sunning spot, look-out point or play ground and catch them in their natural environment doing whatever it is they like to do.