We consider pets as members of our families, so it is normal and quite common that we might want to include them in our holiday photos, which might make for the perfect holiday greeting card. Sometimes it can be challenging to get the perfect shot, so we have some tips here for you to make everything smoother and easier. Get your pets, get your camera (or phone) and smile!
1. Get your pet familiar with the camera. Whether you are using a professional camera or a phone, cats and dogs can get shy and scared of new devices that they don’t know. To avoid this, get them to associate the camera and the phone to positive experiences.
2. Ditch the flash. Natural lighting and outside shots will give you the best results and while avoiding the red eyes effect. Natural light will give that soft effect while at the same time being bright enough to illuminate faces.
3. Get their attention. You don’t want to get them too excited and agitated (and get a blurry photo) so make sure you are using the right way to get their attention. You might want to use their favourite toy or treat to have them facing to you.
4. Focus on the eyes (or nose), as it will give depth to the photos, but also create the soft fur effect. As long as the face is in focus, your eye will not notice the other blurriness. If you are using a professional camera it is going to be easy to focus on your pup’s eyes or nose. With phones you can touch the screen to set your point of focus.
5. Get props or festive backgrounds to create the perfect atmosphere. You can get creative with Christmas or Holidays props and decorate the area where you are going to take the photo. Wrapping paper is perfect to give that festive vibe and it can be used on the floor or on the walls as background.
6. Try to capture their personality with an action shot. This type of photos are the most challenging but also the most fun ones, both to take and show around to your friends and family. To avoid getting blurry pictures try taking multiple shots at once, using the burst mode of your camera or phone.
7. Get creative. Why not try to dress up your pet, or even yourself! Festive pets clothes, accessories or even fairy lights can give that holidays season mood that you are looking for. Or if you are going somewhere with your pets, get the perfect spot to take a festive pic with all your family, children and dogs at the beach are always a good subject for festive photos!
Mad Paws Pty Ltd