Digital Photography Tips

Digital Photography Tips: How to Take Animal Photos

Part One

Are you good with animals? Do you have that special something that just draws animals to you? Why not use that talent with your digital camera to make extra money.

Pet owners want pictures of there favorite pet. Whether it's a hamster, snake, dog, cat or even a horse. They want good quality digital photo's of their animals.

Some ways you could get jobs would be to advertise in your local newspaper, or online. You might just be surprised at how many responses you will get.

Not only can you offer the digital print but there are other ways owners like to remember there pets. License plates, key rings, mugs, calendars, even T-shirts.

In this article I will give you some tips on HOW to take fantastic photo's of animals. One's the pet owners would be proud to display and show their friends.

I would suggest you find out what type of personality the pet has. No two animals are the same. Some are lazy and like to lay around all day not doing much of anything. Others are very active. Running, jumping, playing with other animals.

I had a dog that would chase the water coming out of a hose. He would jump up in the air and try to bite it.

Another one that would chase her tail and actually get airborne jumping up to get it.

Or how about that dwarf hamster running in it's wheel. Alone it's not much but add a slower hamster and the fun really begins. Mine are hilarious. One will be running very fast and the other sometimes goes all the way around. Or even gets tossed out of the wheel. But always comes back for more.

How about the baby calf? Just newly born exploring a blade of grass. That grass moves in the wind and the calf jumps.

These are just a few examples of some good photo opportunities.

Another suggestion would be if you live in an area where there are horse shows, people love to have pictures of there horses in action.

I live in the Ocala, Florida area. We have a lot of race horse's in this area. We also have Show Jumpers and Driving Marathons. (horse's pulling carts through obstacles). We have locale shows, 4-H shows and once a year High School Rodeo's. Any one of these would be a great place to offer your services to take digital photo's for the owners.

Parents wanting to see pictures of their kids winning ribbons. Jumpers going over fences. You could take one of the horse taking off, one of it at the peak of the jump and one of it landing. Kids barrel racing at High School Rodeo's or riding bulls.

These are just a few options.

If you are going to be taking digital photo's of small animals, dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, you want to chose a place the animal feels comfortable. Also, consider the background. Make sure the background doesn't catch your eye more then the animal you are taking a picture of. You want them to be the main focus, the first thing that catches your eye when you look at the image.

When taking a picture of a pet try and get as close as possible. This may not always be easy, especially if the pet is very active, but it will bring out more detail.

If it is just really impossible to get close then equip your camera with a zoom lens. This will help in isolating your pet in terms of depth of field. It will also slightly blur the back ground and make your pet the center of attention.

Another way to get great digital photo's is to get down on there level. Sure, you may look silly crawling around in the dirt to get a snakes eye view, but just think of the great pictures that will come of it.

Most owners wouldn't even think of doing something like that. They only take photo's from above there pet or while holding them. This will make the photo unique for them. Seeing there pet the way another animal would see it.

You could also have a helper dress up on holidays and hold the pet or at the very least be int he picture with the pet. How about an Easter Bunny or Santa Claus?

Take a variety of different angles of the pet. Focus on there eyes, ears, nose or even there whiskers for face shots. Take a full body shot, half body shot. Those pictures will give you images of different angles. Everyone takes pictures from the front view. Make your's different.

For example: a cat sleeping semi curled up with their head on their paws. Take the picture as a full picture from the front, from the back, from the side.

NOW is the time to take ACTION and start putting something you like to do into practice. DON'T WAIT!!!! Go to my website to learn more about the business of making money with your digital camera.

Shari works out of her home helping others to make a little extra money. Almost every one has a camera. Why not put it too good use. NOW is the TIME to get started don't be left behind. GET your CAMERA out and start CLICKING. Especially with gas prices climbing, who couldn't use extra money doing something they like.

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