The Pet Project
Conchita Fernandes lets you into a few tricks of how you can create cute photos of your pet, by using your cameraphone!
This article was originally published in May 2014.
Every time you thrust a DSLR at your pet’s face, all they see is a black box-like device. Not only do they get confused and curious, but they also wonder what has taken over their owner’s face! Your cellphone takes care of this problem by letting the pet see you while you photograph them. Here are a few tips to get you started!
Muting Distracting Sounds
Pets are easily deviated by the most insignificant sounds. So before venturing out to photograph them, remember to turn off your phone’s camera shutter sound. In this way they won’t seem distracted.
Ditch the Flash!
Avoid pointing your cellphone’s flash directly at your pet’s face. It can harmand irritate their eyes and even cause the hideous red-eye effect. Instead, get yourself in a well illuminated space.
You are in the mood to photograph your dog but he seems to be hyperactive. And no amount of dog treats will get him to remain still. Move towards brighter light and switch to the Burst mode. Cellphones also have modes and apps that do interesting things with moving subjects, like capturing them multiple times across the same frame.
The Closer the Better!
When you use the zoom feature on your cameraphone, what you are essentially doing is digitally zooming instead of optically zooming into the image. This compromises on the photo’s quality. Use your feet instead! Walk as close to your subject as your heart desires, till you are satisfied with the frame.
Changing Perspectives at Your Will
Cellphones give you the liberty to hold and place it however and wherever you want to. So try squeezing your phone into areas where you think you might get a better perspective of your pet.
No matter how much you try to keep them still, the little brats will move. So if you are finding it hard to focus, an easy trick would be to lock focus on a stationary object near your pet. Then, point the camera at your pet and then release the shutter button. You are guaranteed a sharp image.
Photographing your white Pomeranian against a black wall will only result in the poor fellow looking grey. What you can do is focus on an area that is somewhere close to the colour grey and then shoot your pet. Alternatively, you can overexpose the scene by one stop and vice versa if you are dealing with a black pet.
Using Available Light
Ambient light is your best friend. Make the most of it by shooting your pet beside a window or an open door, with plenty of light flooding in through it. This will not only help in naturally highlighting their fur colour but will also accentuate its texture.
In the meantime, just enjoy yourself and make it a fun experience. Be easygoing and don’t forget to reward your little companion for their kindness and patience!