Out of a million obsessions anyone could ever have, possession of a pet has always given the pet owners a reason to come back home and rejoice. People try to create memories and share it with people by clicking pictures but they often fail to get a good hold of their pets. Their energy is never ending and so they keep on moving from one place to another. Although it is difficult to get a portrait, it is definitely not impossible. With a few tricks and camera settings we can click a professional looking photos.

Below I will list down some of the ways in which we can get a perfect picture


One of the things that we need to keep in mind while working with pets is their cooperation in the matter. They hardly sit still which makes it harder for the photographer to capture. One of the things we can do is try to distract our pets. You can also have a portrait of your dog. It could be done by having their owner stand somewhere where they need to locate the vision of the pet or by having an app that makes some sound or to make them watch videos. A challenging part here could be when we have to hold the phone and camera together, incase we do not have an assistant.

  1. Lights

The key ingredient in any photograph is the light. Lights can either make or break any good portrait. If you are taking photographs indoors then avoid clicking in dark rooms. So move around the house, look for a location where there is bright light. You can also use artificial light as it is very directional. When outdoors have the subject face the light source.

  1. Equipments

If indoors we might require artificial light, it could be a speedlight or a flash.

TIP: If there was any rule for using flashlights it could be that: Never, never ever flash directly at the subject, at least if the diffuser is absent. The reason is that it can cast shadows around them which looks really bad. The ideal notion could be to point the flash upwards towards the ceiling so that the light can reflect and come down at the subject making it more like natural shooting. Try to avoid the built-in flash from the camera as it goes straight in the subject’s eyes giving it the red eye effect.

  1. Lens

Choosing the proper focal length is of utmost importance. There is absolutely no substitute for a good lens. There is a huge difference between a DSLR lens and a prime lens. There are various kind of lens. Some are discussed below:

  1. Wide Angle: Wide angle lens are good for environmental portraits wherein the subject is a little far from your lens. These lens are not good for close up portraits. The focal length is 35mm or lesser.

  1. Normal Lens: Normal lens are also called as the standard lens. They produce images very similar to what a human eye can see. Normal lens usually has a focal length of 40-53mm. Standard lens are good for everything from portraits to landscape.

  1. Short telephoto lens: They are also called portrait lens as they have the optimal focal length which is required to get flattering photos of our pets. Their focal length usually ranges from 85-130mm. We can take close photos without fearing about the distortion. We can also step back and capture the portrait of the subject with a slight hint of the surrounding.

  1. Telephoto lens: Telephoto lens requires the ability of the photographer to capture the pet excluding the surrounding. The focal length of telephoto lens ranges from about 135-300mm. These lens are normally used for wildlife photography.

  1. Basic Rules


  1. Focus on the eyes of the subject
  2. Use continuous focus mode when capturing the motion of your pet. This way it will not get out of focus as it does in single shots.
  3. Burst mode could help to get perfect pictures along with options to choose from when done.
  4. Do not use props if it is you want a portrait photo.
  5. Background is important too.
  6. For good shots, drop down to the eye level of your pet. If they are small in size place them on a piece of furniture.


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