I LOVE TAKING PICTURES…..
I LOVE FREEZING TIME…CAPTURING MOMENTS…
|Charlie and his piggie…|
TO GETTING GOOD PICTURES OF YOUR PETS
1. GOOD LIGHTING –
THE FIRST thing I do when I teach basic photography to kids and I have them all turn off their flash.
Next, I teach them the kids to find the good light.
YOU know your home better than anyone…is there a particular spot that every time you pass it, looks beautiful, bathed in sunlight….a a certain time of day? Even on a yucky day? If so, USE that spot…
case in point…I TOOK PHOTOS of the graduating 5th graders at our elementary school for 5 years, each student…that is a lot of kids, and EVERY single time I took the pictures …i had them sit in the same spot at the same time of day on a sunny day….because it is a WIN WIN spot!!!…Under a shady tree but with sun shining through…the kids get pretty sunshine on their hair..and the pictures are always great!!…
2. CAPTURE A MOMENT –
MUCH OF TAKING PHOTOS OF PETS IS HIT AND MISS…THEY SEEM TO MOVE JUST AS YOU GRAB YOUR CAMERA…MAKING THOSE SHOTS YOU DO GET EVEN MORE PRECIOUS!
Yes, yes, this is what it all is about right? Well, then why are we constantly setting our pets and children and ourselves up to fail by STAGING our photos? Pets are best caught running, climbing, jumping and just being themselves….
TIDBIT – and this goes for ALL of your photos, home, pets, children..you DO NOT have to get the whole subject in the photo…I challenge you to go look in a magazine…RARELY is an entire person, or animal or room in the photographs…you FEEL like they are…because the photos allow you to fill in the blanks…but when you really look, much is left to the imagination…and the photos are beautiful!
|This picture of me carrying Charlie like a baby was taken by a 3rd grader!!! It caught the moment of me and my “4rth child” so perfect…we could not have planned it…just be ready..because LIFE is ALWAYS happening…|
…AND WHO SAYS THEY ALL HAVE TO BE CLOSE-UP …..
3. ADD A KID – lets face it, kids and dogs or bunnies, kitties, or horses…go VERY well together…CUTE squared…..BIG KID, LITTLE KID, NEWBORN…IT IS A WIN WIN!
4. LET SLEEPING DOGS (AND CATS AND KIDS) – SLEEP!
They do not have to be AWAKE !!! How is it that our pets (AND BABIES) can make sleep look intoxicatingLY delicious???Get out your camera…catch it….but shhhhh…they wake up easily and the moment is gone….
|….an interesting photo does NOT have to be in focus, or even have the best light…
sometimes that is exactly what MAKES it interesting and beautiful.