Ten Tips For Taking Better Holiday Pictures of Pets

Greeting card producer Pet Star of Miami, Fla. is providing amateur photographers with tips for taking pictures of pets, just in time for the holidays.

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Pet Star photographers, Lisa Meltzer and Joan Saperstein, offer the following 10 steps for better pet photos.

1. Bring the camera in close. The closer you can get, the more the pet's personality shines through. Emphasize the animal.

2. Keep the camera at the animal's eye level. Pictures taken at high or low angles look distorted.

3. Don't photograph a dark pet against a light background. Using a darker background with good lighting brings out the pets features.

4. Choose outfits and props that suit the pet. Make sure your pet is comfortable wearing clothes or hats. Stay away from busy patterns.

5. Don't overwork the animal. Consider the age and health of your pet before you start. Animals have attention spans too.

6. Don't overheat the animal. Animals can get hot very quickly.


7. Use tricks to get attention. Pets often need tricks and toys to grab their attention. Have several toys at hand.

8. Get a helper. At Pet Star, we use an animal handler and a photographer.

9. Don't sedate the animal. You want your animals to show expression so we don't advocate the use of drugs or anything else.

10. Have patience. Faster doesn't mean better. Be ready to work at your pet's pace. If you're calm your pet will be too.

Posted: Nov. 29, 2005, 4 p.m. EST

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