Got a small Chihuahua?
Got a small Chihuahua? Get down to the ground and do your shooting there. If you're a horse lover but shorter than your horse, stand tall to get that photo.
Head shots are always beautiful as portraits, but there's nothing wrong with full body shots, as well. When shooting facial photos, try to use a zoom lens if possible, and take plenty of close up shots. Lighting and equipment aside, professional photographers always get that one great shot because they shoot so many!
Cameras can also distract some animals. If you cannot get your pet's attention, try having someone else (at you back) to divert their attention and keep them engaged.
Most pets, particularly those that are well trained, can pose and give you a great photo. Some pets, however, can make it difficult to get that exclusive shot. I recommend having several things handy to help you out.
3. Helping Hands
Cats and many other nocturnal animals have a mirror-like layer in the back of their eyes called the tapetum lucidum. This layer reflects background light like tiny searchlights and often yields a distracting glow in a variety of colors, including red, green, or yellow.
Avoiding pet photo flash eye is easy if you use as much natural light as possible during your shootings. By doing so, you can eliminate the need to employ your camera’s flash. Another tip to avoid "green-eye" is to invest in a telephoto lens. A high-quality telephoto lens will allow you to shoot close-up shots of your pet, even if he is sitting up in a tree or is lounging in an area where you can't physically get close to him.
Think like a dog or a cat
Cats love to spend time on high places and lick the water droplets inside sinks and bathtubs. Dogs love to chew on different things and tend to give you inquisitive facial expressions when you talk to them in certain ways. There are tons of activities that are unique to cats and dog and many others that are unique to just your pet. These exceptional behaviors or personality traits make excellent photographic opportunities. When you observe something that your pet does that is uniquely him or her, that’s a great photographic opportunity.
Taking plenty of photos will increase your chance of success. Considering other composition techniques will also help, such as the Rule of Thirds or working with different angles.