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how to take great pictures of the family pet

with holiday time is approaching, now is the time when the family
photographer tends to get out the camera to snap those memorable family
photos, but don't overlook your dog or cat or parakeet or turtle -- they're
members of your family too! these tips from the new york institute of
photography(nyi), america's oldest and largest photography school, will
show you how you can capture your pet on film.

Just like other members of your family, the pet in your life may need to be
cajoled to stand still long enough for you to push the shutter button. The
easiest way to do this is to use the time-honored tradition of treats. Who
wouldn't do just about anything for something yummy? In fact, if you want
two animals to "cuddle," try rubbing some food behind the ear of one of
them - then be prepared to shoot fast!

One of the most important elements for good pet photography is to try to
capture the personality of your animal on film. This can be accomplished by
taking photographs of your pet in action - doing the kinds of things they
like to do - be that sneaking a peek at tempting people food or enjoying a
good roll in the mud, or even sleeping in your favorite chair. Remember
to get down (or up) to their level for an interesting angle - a bird's eye

© NYI Student Larysa Y. Petlina
view after all is called that for a reason - and be prepared to shoot fast
since you never know what may happen.

Get the two-legged members of your family involved too. Kids and pets are a
natural picture opportunity and a whole lot of fun to watch in action also.
The trick here is to try to get the attention of both the child and the
animal so that they are looking in the same direction.

For NYI's Seven Tips on How to Take Great Photos of your four-legged or
fuzzy family members, visit the New York Institute of Photography Website

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