One thing that will really improve your photography is to move in close and fill the viewfinder with your subject. In effect, you are cropping out anything that doesn’t contribute to the final image before you take the photograph.
To do this effectively, know what you want to capture before you begin to shoot. Then strive to keep it simple. Concentrate on one idea and one idea only. Watch the action, setting your shutter speed on 1/250 of a second and don’t press the shutter button until you have moved in close.
It’s hard to move in close with a point and shoot camera, but keep trying and you’ll get some good images. Just remember that you are not after a scenic image – you want your pet to be the center of attention, so always strive to have your pet fill the frame.
If you are using a camera with interchangeable lenses, put on a longer lens and watch how much it will strengthen your close up shots. A long lens (or a zoom), will magnify the subject and give the viewer a sense of being right there.
Advanced students – remember that you need to set your aperture for at least f8 to be sure to get enough depth of field with a long lens. Otherwise, when you focus on the eyes, the depth of field at the maximum apertures is so small that the nose will be out of focus.
As always, studying the concepts in photographs will help, so take a look at these images and notice how the photographer moved in close. There is always the added bonus—many times a poor background will be eliminated or minimized when you move in close.
Even if it’s a bad background with no chance to get a really good shot, you can usually make it better with a slight adjustment to your position and a tight camera crop.