How To Photograph Your Pet Inside

It’s really cold out, really cold! Darn it, I want to practice with the camera I got for Christmas.

Ok. I can deal. I’m going to figure out a useable indoor location to practice my pet photography based on where the sun shines inside my house. I have the perfect window for it, except it’s not perfect all the time. It has to be late afternoon when the sun is slanting at just the right angle through the window. So morning and cloudy days are out. This isn’t much different from what I’ve learned to do outside where I need a location with good light too.

So I’ve got the light. Now for the composition. Jeez, my house is perfectly decorated for me not for pet photography! But with a bit of planning I think I can make this work.

Then too, digital cameras make this so easy. I just click off some shots of my indoor location and review them on the LCD screen. Now I can see what is causing problems in the background where I want to shoot. My wonderful Chinese vase has to go. That’s a quick fix.

The chair and chest behind the dog have been eliminated by squatting down, moving in close and filling the viewfinder with my subject.

The antique chest is another story. I can’t move it, and I can’t change the location because this is where the good light is. So, I have to move in close and fill the viewfinder with my pet. This is the most important thing about indoor shooting—move in close. Very close.

Once I get the distance down, and I’ve removed anything from the background that’s possible to move, I’m ready to introduce my pet into the “location” and start playing. Right now, I’m just going to take photographs and see what I’m getting. Making an image come next.

Good shooting!