How to Take the Perfect Pet Picture

Ordinary human beings are capable of accomplishing some of the most difficult tasks known to humankind: learning a new language, running a marathon, mastering quantum physics, climbing Mount Everest, and photographing the family pet. How many times have you snapped your fingers with one hand while trying your best to hold the camera steady with the other? How many shots have you wasted trying to get the dog, cat, bird, lizard, or whatever animal to sit still and look where you want? Here are five tips to help you conquer this seemingly insurmountable obstacle. So sit still, and try not to fidget too much.

  • 1

    Try to expel some energy before a DIY photoshoot. If you have a canine companion, go for a walk or play a great game of fetch prior to snapping some photos. If you have a feline companion, throw down some new toys! (Note: Avoid the use of catnip.) A calmer pet will make for a clearer photo, unless you want a blurry action shot.

  • 2

    Don’t underestimate the power of a treat! Make sure your furry friend knows you have it waiting, and will do whatever it takes, however long it takes to get it. Try to utilize that familiar and enticing bag crinkle for that bright-eyed, frozen gaze and a perfect portrait.

  • 3

    Lower yourself to your pet’s level. Get on your hands and knees if possible. This will result in a very nice, balanced angle. It will also give a more natural view, a less forced perspective, and a better overall frame around your pet.

  • 4

    Completely abstain from using the flash. The burst will usually light up your furball’s eyes in a very unflattering way. Taking advantage of natural lighting will give you a much softer, less harsh outcome, and a more realistic result.

  • 5

    Most importantly, be prepared to take at least 150 pictures. You’re bound to have at least one good one in the bunch. Seriously.

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  • Updated: 9/27/2018: 9:25:02 PM ET
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