How to capture compelling photos of pets: Tips and tricks for getting the perfect pet portrait


posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 11:00 AM EDT


Photographer Marcin Lewandowski went on assignment with Adorama to capture as many good pet photographs as possible in only an hour. What kind of tips does he have for helping you capture great photos of your own pets?

Lewandowski wants to capture portraits as well as action shots. For portraits, nearly any camera will work well as you don't need to worry about the speed of your camera. However, you will want a fast lens so that you can have some beautiful bokeh and nice focus falloff. You can treat pet portraits much like portraits of people, if you'd like, as many of the same principles apply. It can be trickier to make an animal feel comfortable and relaxed, so it's best if you have someone to help relax the animal. Having treats on hand never hurts either.

Much like other types of photography, it's a good idea to get low. You want to photograph animals from their level to help create a more compelling composition. Many people form very special connections with their pets and other animals, so it's important to try to convey a similar level of connection via your photographs.

For more tips on pet portraiture and other types of pet photographs, watch Lewandowski's video below.

(Via Adorama)