6 Tips for Better Pet Pics
Note from Pixxie, the Publix pet:
Many pups and kitties know how to perform a few tricks, but sitting calmly for a spontaneous photo shoot? No way. Follow these easy tips for social media share-worthy pictures of your adorable pet.
1. Take Time to Prep
Your pet may not be able to stay still for very long, so it’s important to be ready for a fast photo session. Be sure to clean up any clutter in the background, and get fun props ready ahead of time.
2. Play First
Take your dog for a long walk, or play with your kitty for a while to tire them out. A less energetic pet will be a more willing participant when it comes to your planned photo session.
3. Grab Their Attention
Keeping a treat or toy in your hand while you take the picture is a good way to get your pet to look at the camera. Noisy, squeaky toys can also help them focus for the photo.
4. Go for the Natural Look
Take your picture outside in order to get a great photo in natural lighting. Nature always makes for an interesting background, too.
If you have an indoor-only pet, make sure the light source is in front of your subject and not behind. And make sure the camera’s flash is turned off.
5. Take Selfies at Eye Level
It may be habit that makes you hold your cell phone up high for your selfies, but photos taken with pets turn out better when the camera is at eye level. That way, you and your pet are more likely to look in the same direction at the same time.
6. Don’t Force the Fun
If your dog or cat isn’t in the mood to be photographed, it’s best to just try again some other time. Your pictures will turn out much better if everyone is nice and relaxed.