We all love sharing our gorgeous fur babies so I thought it would be nice to share a few tips that I've picked up along the way that have helped me.
Hopefully some professional photographer will join the forum sometime.
I thought to start it off really slowly and easily as I know most only have phones or use the auto settings on their cameras. So this is for all of you!
A common mistake we make is seeing our furbaby in a cute pose and we grab the phone/camera and just shoot.
This was Katy sleeping next to the window, with her face in the shade....cute pose, but the sunlight was behind her and this caused the camera to pic up the backlight and that caused her face to be very dark and little detail.
TIP: I should have moved my camera so that the camera didn't 'see' the backlight or put something inbetween the window and her to allow the settings on the camera to show her up lighter. (Hope I'm making sense here, lol, I'm trying to put it in layman's terms).
Try if at all possible to move yourself between the natural light (window) and the subject and then take the photo, like this. (No editing done on this pic)
Katy was sitting on a table watching the birds through the window which was great for me as I had the ability to stand in a position that caught her sweet expression, ears forward, eyes in the light. Our house is rather dark so I'm always looking for ways to use the natural light as best I can.
Mittens was in my bathroom the other day and saw Mittens sitting in an IDEAL spot as far as lighting goes. She had a window with sunlight coming in from the one side and the bathroom door on the other side with the light shining into the bedroom on the other side, I couldn't let the opportunity pass so I grabbed my camera and got this pic.
The downside in this particular setting was that it had a very busy background. To help with that problem I moved in closer to her to try and eliminate most of the unwanted background, but not so close as to distort her face (some lenses do that, make the poor kitty look top heavy). But I was rewarded with good lighting and to get her attention I was wiggling some hair ties I found lying there, that got her attention, and I got a cute pic!
These are just a FEW easy to fix tips that I thought to post to start us off. Please feel free to post your 'problem pics' here and we can try and help you improve. Don't feel any question is too dumb to ask, we will learn together and we're here to help each other. Nothing lovelier than been able to take a great pic, whether it's a fur baby, or a family member, nature etc.
Please mention if there is something specific you need to know...we'll do what we can to help out.