I do not take many phots of pets and people so when the opportunity came my way to have some pet portrait photography fun I grabbed it with both hands and my DSLR.
There are plenty of standard shots that a photographer will use. These include:
- A sat down pose (cat, dog)
- A stood up pose.
- Candid shot with a pet to cuddle
- Laid down or lounging pose
- Looking Down at the camera or Up.
- Action pose
A Candid Pet Shot
The candid pet photograph is relaxed but with a lightly posed element that might show a special bond, or capture a special moment of gentle humour.
This is what I tried for this portrait of Paul and Beta at the cat cafe. Beta has been trying to help Paul with his lunch and is being gently lifted from his focus, Paul’s plate. Can you see the longing look?
I admit to using a little dodging to highlight the central focus on my two subjects.
Apart from the minor adjustments, my Canon camera settings are as follows :
- ISO 3200
- Speed 1/40
- Canon Kit Lens
I aim to try one or two of the other suggested shots on my shot list cheat sheet but wanted to share this one as it’s so much fun.
Have you succeeded in taking a cute shot you really like with a human and pet combination?