Do you love your dog as much as most people?
Do you want to play with them every chance you get? Do you work to keep them furry and fit?
If so, you may want to take a wonderful photo of your pet that will help keep them in your memories forever.
If you are new to the pet portrait game, there are a few considerations that you should keep in mind as you prepare for your pet’s portrait shoot.
Tip 1: Choose the Best Equipment and Software
Whether you are taking the portraits yourself, or you are hiring an experienced photographer to do the job, I recommend using the best cameras and editing software.
After all, you can’t get great results unless you use the best!
A couple things to consider when choosing your equipment:
Choosing the Proper Camera Equipment:
Since pets do not like to sit perfectly still for long periods, consider a digital camera that can take pictures quickly – I use a Canon 6D, however any good DLSR from Canon or Nikon would do a great job that you can pick up for a few hundred pounds.
Put some consideration into whether you want to use a flash. Obviously, a flash may be necessary if you are shooting in a darker environment, but also consider your pet's feelings!
This is a great option as instead of having the camera right up to your dog's face, you might consider hanging back, using your zoom and keeping the camera on the dog as it naturally finds that perfect pose.
Choosing the Best Editing Software
Often, the taking of the actual pictures is the easy part; editing is when you work your magic.
I’ve seen it many times - editing software can do wonders to turn even the most ho-hum shot into a portrait that will allow you to see your dog in a whole new light. If you’re feeling adventurous and your camera has the option try shooting in RAW instead of JPEG as this will give you more control when editing your photos.
My favourite editing software is Capture One Pro and Photoshop. Tell us your favourite editing software by commenting below.