How To Capture More Fur And Less Blur?
Creature Companions|October 2020
Pet photography tips for pet parents
Saurabh Botre

When I was little, it remained an unchanged dream to one day work with dogs. A very ambitious idea in a young kid's mind, which eventually turned into a recurring thought until, I found a way to make it possible.

Fast forward a few years, ‘The Pet Photography Studio’ was founded.

‘The Pet Photography Studio’ is a fruitful result of my love for animals and my professional photography career that began almost a decade ago. For me, it's all about capturing the perfect shot of your little friend, which does justice to their kind souls. The studio was established to create the finest works of animal portraiture and archival quality prints for your living and work spaces.

It is important to know that it's much more than being able to click a good picture of a pet. Getting a great portrait starts before I've even met the animal. A questionnaire is sent to the client, which gives me an insight into the life and personality of their pet. That way I can tailor my approach to make sure that images I am capturing reflect the character and soul of their lovable fur kid.

At the beginning of every session, I spend some time letting the pet get used to me and my equipment. I need to make sure that it feels relaxed and confident around me. I need to bond with my furry clients quickly, but genuinely! I want them to love me; there is no way you can capture the essence of their soul if they aren't looking at you with pure love!

I have completed quite a few pet obedience and training certificate courses; which have definitely helped me to get along with pups easily and make them do things that I want them to do. There’re a lot of treats, praises, and cuddles involved here (well, this continues throughout the session)!

Once I start photographing, my approach really depends on the individual. For instance, if they are confident and very interested in me, then I will immediately focus on capturing dynamic close-up portraits. If they are more interested in exploring landscape, then I'll focus on capturing wider environmental portraits and wait until they have settled in, before I attempt to move in closer. For portraits with that amazing eye contact and perked up ears, there's often a lot of ridiculously silly noises from me.

However, my approach with cats is completely different; with cats I work very slowly, starting farther away and gradually moving in closer (or using a telephoto lens) as a cat becomes familiar with me.

Here are a few pet photography tips for pet owners to capture more fur and less blur…

1 USE A FAST SHUTTER SPEED, CONTINUOUS FOCUS, AND BURST MODE.

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