Documenting your children growing up can be extra special when you capture them with their furry friends. But working with kids and animals can be difficult — they don’t pose when you want them to, they can be emotional and getting them to sit still is a challenge. But there are ways to make photographing kids and animals less painful. Try these tips to help capture photos that you’ll cherish.
1. Get on the Ground
Photographing kids and animals is so much easier if you get on their level. Get low for a “dog’s eye view” of your pet. The best shots at ground level can use anything from a tripod to an angled viewfinder, so you’re not stuck craning your neck for a pet that’s already onto your game. You’d be surprised at the great, discreet shots you can get from getting down on the ground.
2. Take Loads of Photos
Assuming you intend to create Prints from these shots, you should take as many pictures as you like. Yes, you’ll need to spend hours picking through the duds, but that beats framing up each shot and losing the light before you get what you want. You’ll still need to think about your camera settings, angles and lighting, but you won’t need to panic if your subjects get cranky because you’re taking too long to set up a perfect photo.
3. Use Props
Children and animals do not work for free. Entice them with props to get their attention and their cooperation. A new toy can get siblings to play together long enough to capture them in the same frame. Animals (like some grown-ups) are more food-motivated, so pay that puppy in treats to stick around for your shot.
Follow these tips for photographing kids and animals, and you’re bound to get the perfect shot.
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