We have been very quiet for awhile because it’s just too busy recently. It’s likely our schedules are going to be pack all the way to year end. Lookbooks, catalogues, stock photos and so on, but now there something new which we just did over the weekend!
A friend of ours contacted us and asked if we are into pet photography. Well, not really apart from a few shoots with our beloved canine friends and one with our dear mr. unicorn. We haven’t really done much on pet photography but what really interest us on this assignment is that it’s for a charitable cause. We volunteered ourselves to shoot for Hope Dog Rescue and we will be glad to do it again. You can read more about them on their site.
Wayne went on the first assignment with them to take some updated photos of our furry little friend – Hikaru. He’s quite a big and well-built cat, majestic looking with a round face but unfortunately his eye sight is not that good and from our experience (we are animal-lovers here too), cats or dogs that have affected eyesights tends to be a littttttle bit on the defensive side. What we didn’t expect is, Hikaru doesn’t even scratch, doesn’t even go into the defensive mode where fur is all standing (I’m sure there is a proper name for this stance) like what you see sometimes with other cats. All he did was just to sit there quietly and observe. He’s quite timid and scurries away quickly as I enter the house and he does take a while to warm up to but looking at the way he shows his affection when being stroked, he’s looking for love like anyone of us.
For those interested to adopt Hikaru and show your TLC to this deserving fella. Please reach out to Hope Dog Rescue for more details.
Now apart from the short story above on our encounter with our new friend, we share some tips we have for shooting pets. (especially pets you don’t own). PS: Some of the points might be common sense to you but I’m sure someone out there who is just starting out will be glad to know.
1) Use a long lens. I used my fav 85 for this. I would recommend a longer lens if you have one. Reason is simply, we have personal space so does our little furry friends. You can use a long lens to start with and gradually edge closer when your subject warms up to you.
2) Be careful of the shutter sound that is coming out from your camera! There’s limited controls for this unless you are using A7s which is completely silent. For us, we used our D800 but set to quiet mode. We refrain from using burst mode as well just so we don’t frighten our subject.
3) If you ever need to use flash, don’t aim directly at your subject. Try to bounce the light whenever possible and don’t start flashing away without warming up your subject. To test if you can use a flash, what we did is to use the focus assist light to see the reaction first before deciding whether a flash is suitable.
4) Lastly depending on the mood of your subject, you might want to keep the session short to reduce stressing out the poor guy.
So that’s all we have for now. We’ll have to find some time soon to start uploading the backdated post for other shoots we took over the past few months. At least we have to do it before it piles up too high when we finally get a breather! Wedding shoot and more fashion catalogues this weekend!