Learn How to Take Good Photos of People and Pets

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People and pets are the trickiest subjects to photograph yet these pictures often get the most attention. No matter what your skill level, you can always learn something new that can improve your photography when it comes to taking photos of pets and people. We hope this article provides tips that help you better photograph the personalities of the people and pets in your life!

How to Take Great Pictures of People

The best pictures of people portray their personalities. While a snapshot captures a true likeness, often times the picture doesn't portray the person's usual expressions and people end us saying that the " picture doesn't look like me." The best way to solve this problem is to spend some time talking with your subjects and get them comfortable with the camera. When you see that smile or look that has their name written all over it, start clicking.

A few technical tips:

* Keep in mind that Portrait mode tends to distort, making the subject look wider or younger. Depending on the age of the subject, the latter might be appreciated, but normally you would avoid this distortion by zooming. Stand close enough that the subject fills the frame of your viewfinder, take one step back, zoom to fill your frame again and shoot.

* Whenever possible, always use natural light. If using indoor lighting, try to use lamps with full spectrum light bulbs. Try to avoid low ceiling light as this creates bad shadows.

* Shoot in high resolution so that you can make nice, large prints of the best, then display them in picture frames to hang on your walls and give as gifts.

How to Take Great Pet Pictures

The first thing you need to do anytime you're taking pet photos is to set your camera to a high shutter speed or use "sports" mode!

If your camera has a Burst mode this can be very helpful with pets in hyper motion because it will give you lots of pictures from which to choose.

Sometimes you may want to catch an action photo and show movement, so instead of using a higher shutter speed to freeze the action, you may want to blur it. In this case, use Portrait mode for a slower shutter speed.

As with people, and even more so with pets, natural light is best, not just because the photos will come out better, but because flash can upset animals. If you must use flash, protect your pets' eyes from injury by referring to your camera's safe distance recommendations (usually four or more feet).

If your pet has a light colored coat, a bright overcast sky will highlight it best; conversely if your pet has a dark coat, direct sunlight will bring out the richness of color. If photographing outdoors, you want to use the same times of day you would with people, so take pictures when the sun is low in the sky.

If you want to get really good candid photos of your pet, take time to follow your pet around with your camera and be patient until you get a picture you really like. Using zoom will allow you to get good shots without being so close your pet is more interested in the camera then just being itself giving. So if you can, keep your distance and use the zoom (optical zoom is best).

Finally as with people, focus on the eyes. Get down to your pet's level to do this.

By using these tips for how to take better people and pet pictures you'll have what you need to capture some fantastic photos. Have fun shooting and don't forget to frame your favorite photos!

Autumn Lockwood loves taking pictures and is a writer for YourPictureFrames.com. Your Picture Frames offers a large selection of beautiful silver picture frames and gorgeous gold picture frames in a variety of finishes, styles and sizes. Check out our selection by visiting us at => YourPictureFrames.com

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