Re: How too shoot pets
What about a crossbow? ;-)
I don't mean literally at least not right now there are times when I think about a 12 bore.....
Same as children.
I've posted a couple of photos of my cats and everyone says "Go for the eyes"
But if I need a flash how do I do it without hurting their eyes or spooking them? In fact even without a flash how do I go for the eyes?
Get the position so that there is a reflection of a window or a light bulb visible in the subject's eye (the "catchlight"). Focus on that. You might find that tracking autofocus is useful as animals (and children) cannot be relied on to remain in one place, unless deceased or well dosed with sedative ;-)
If you have something like a dog training clicker available, if you can use that an instant before you take the picture, you will get the subject's attention and can therefore predict what direction they will be looking in.
If you're not living on the edge, you're wasting space