The greatest impediment on the way to an animal portrait is a qualified photo. There's a reason why animal photography is a high profitable form of photography - not few people earning their subsistence from that.
The following tips shall help to shoot rather passable photos of your favorite objects, which then can serve as a good sample for a portrait.
Meanwhile my tips found enthusiastic fans, among them also a good animal photograph, and have been copied by other internet sites, so I assume that the following tips are really useful.
5 Hints for better animal photos
1. USE A TELE LENS!
2. USE A SENSITIVE FILM OR HIGHER ISO-VALUE!
A tele lens "swallows" a
lot of light, unless you own expensive equipment.
With a 1000-ASA-film (in the meantime also more sensitive films are available) or ISO 1600 - 3200 on your digital camera you can take pictures even inside without photoflash, if enough daylight fills the room.
Digital pictures can be improved
a lot with photo editing programs and failures can be corrected.
3. MAKE A LOT OF PICTURES !
Especially in animal photography it is a MUST to make as much pictures as possible. This was a matter of cost in former times, but today in the era of digital photography do not limitate yourself!
Adjust the camera to "continues
pictures" and make a lot of photos even if you thing the animal is not
moving and just the same.
3. TAKE PICTURES OUTSIDE
4. DON'T TAKE PICTURES "FROM ABOVE" !
Never take a picture of an
animal standing, but sit or lay down respectively put the animal on a table
or any other higher point. So you are on the same level with the animal,
as it were eye in eye (naturally not very meaningful when regarding horses
or other great animals...).
5. MAKE THE ANIMAL ATTENTIVE
I do hope, that these tips
will help you.
And if you are not sure if your photos are qualified enough for a portrait, send them to me for having a look at them:
Janette Herlinger, Mastweg 76, 42349 Wuppertal
or scan them and send them
to me by email.(also digital
I'm looking forward to your pictures!
Wuppertal, 03 August 2012