I promise this post isn't going to be only about dogs, but Keri said I could post a picture of Winston every day, if I wanted to, and odd dotty wanted to know more about the animal photography lecture I went to, and I aim to please. So first, here is Winston pouting again, because I'm not paying attention to him. That dog works himself into a frenzy when I get home from work every night. Actually, he gets nearly as excited to see me when we've been apart for five minutes. I can't even go to the bathroom in peace if he's in the house. Tomorrow I have to leave from work to go to my mother-in-law's house and won't be back until Friday. I'm a little worried about how he's going to handle that. I've been trying to figure out a way to bring him along, but I don't think his hyper-activeness will be appreciated since I'm going to take her in for cataract surgery, and he's never been there before. I'm sure he'll survive for two days, right?
As for animal photography, let me just start by saying that this is how most of my pet photos turn out.
It has it's own sort of charm, I guess.
Here are some things I learned (and some of these really apply to any kind of photography, and a lot of them are really just common sense):
1. Be patient! Don't expect to have a 15 or 20 minute photo session with your pet. In fact, just shoot for a minute or two at a time.
2. Let the animals get used to you and your camera. Just have your camera out and press the shutter a few times to get them used to the noise. This is helpful with especially shy or nervous animals, or animals who aren't used to cameras. If you want to shoot your pet in a particular area, hang out in that area with some treats or toys so that they become interested in that area on their own. Then, once they are comfortable there, start taking pictures!
3. Try to always work in natural light. Animals, even more so than people, get terrible red-eye when you use your flash. If you must use a flash, then an off-camera flash with a diffuser is the best option.
4. Get down at your pet's level. Trying to see things from their perspective makes for much more interesting shots. Also, try to capture their personality by photographing them doing what they do most. I've noticed that most of my photos of Lucy are taken when she comes to check out what I'm doing. I know cats are curious in general, but she always has to know what's going on. I don't have as many pictures of Petey, because he's either sleeping or zooming around, bouncing off the walls, which brings me to the next tip:
5. Learn how to shoot in 'Action' mode. Unless I want a bunch of pictures of a sleeping Petey, I'm going to have to learn how to do this.
6. Take lots and lots of pictures! You're sure to end up with a few good ones.
Any other ideas/tips would definitely be welcome, or links to your favorite pet photos. Please share in the comments!
And for you non-dog people, I also like taking pictures of flowers:
I also have a healthy eating report! This picture is not super great, but this meal was pretty tasty:
It's Thai-style Halibut with Coconut Curry Broth, and it's from this book, which I mentioned before. It was super easy and delicious, and I will definitely be making it again. In fact, I think I'll make it tonight, but with vegetables instead of fish. Another favorite from the same book is Greek Style Stuffed Peppers, which we've made quite a few times, but using ground turkey instead of ground beef. I've also been making a healthier version of Shepherd's Pie, I'll share that recipe next time, if anyone is interested.