Hi Curious Pug readers! My name is Izabelle and I blog at Izznit. Alycia asked if I'd be willing to blogsit and I excitedly said yes!
If you've seen my blog before you know I have a french bulldog, Lily, that I love with all my heart. You also know I photograph her way too much. I started capturing her cuteness last year and learned a few things along the way. I thought I'd share some tips to make sure you catch all of your pet's precious moments, too!
1. GET ON THE FREAKIN' GROUND.
Majority of the pictures I take, I'm on the ground. Yes I look like a fool, yes I've ruined some clothes, and yes I've been injured (person didn't see me and tripped over my torso). BUT, I guarantee you will get some awesome pictures with this different perspective.
2. SHUTTER SPEED.
If your furbaby is fidgety like mine, you'll want the shutter speed on your camera to be as high as possible. This will also help you get awesome action shots!
This is if you want your pet to look into the camera. Lily automatically looks into the lens but if I wait too long she loses focus. When that happens I'll use a squeaky toy to grab her attention. If I'm out and about I use my lens cap (tap it against the side of my camera).
4. GET YOUR PET USED TO THE CAMERA.
My camera makes a pretty loud noise when it takes a picture. Lily's been around it since she was a puppy so now it doesn't even phase her. Maggie on the other hand, my sister's boxer, will turn away when she sees a camera (doesn't even have to make a noise). Her profile, while lovely, doesn't make the best portraits.
5. TAKE MORE PHOTOS THAN YOU NEED.
Sometimes I'll put my memory card into my computer and think, "Wow Izabelle. Thirty photos of Lily sleeping. Over kill." But then I'll actually go through them and realize I only have five good ones. I'm sure with experience the initial number of tries it takes to get the perfect shot will lessen but for now, more is better because you can't always go back to the moment.
So those are my five tips! I hope I've motivated you to try new things. Thank you again Alycia for having me!