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How too shoot pets

Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by LesleySM, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    I don't mean literally at least not right now there are times when I think about a 12 bore.....

    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?
  2. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    Cats can be surprisingly tolerant of flash, either that or they are just too lazy to move! The flash can provide a catchlight in the eyes, or at the wrong angle a green reflection similar to red eye in humans. The focus point though needs to be on the eyes, regardless of flash use. I no longer have a cat living with me (you never really own a cat), but even the most timid of the three that have had no great objection to the flash, remember that at these close quarters the flash burst is minimal.
  3. fredpop

    fredpop Well-Known Member

    Lesley - Aim the auto-focus point between the eyes and without releasing the half-press re-arrange your view if desired before firing the shutter.

    I've rarely found flash shots work well with cats. Try window light or work outdoors with soft lighting if poss. Also work at their level - either get down to your cat or raise him/her to your level and focus on the eyes. Shooting downwards on a cat produces an unattractive image with a large head and rapidly diminishing perspective.

  4. beejaybee

    beejaybee Marvin

    What about a crossbow? ;-)

    Same as children.

    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.
  5. Try and change your position, shoot the animal from their level as most new people to photography shoot pets from above looking down, try different positions
  6. keeley

    keeley Member

    i dont know if this is still relavent but i use a 70-300 lense, the lash isnt so much in their eyes that way, my cats and dog love the camera and will find me when i unzip the bag :D if you have a look at mu pictures there are a couple of my animals x
  7. wave

    wave Well-Known Member

    i think shooting pets is like shooting people head shots then go for the eyes but you would have to get low so an old blanket is useful for whole body shots then try for the eyes but make sure the head is in focus. unlike people i think a lot of patience is going to be required
  8. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    ....mmm I'm not convinced by that...;):D

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