aking pictures of animals isn’t always easy. But if you want to post online, we have some pointers on how to take better pics with your pet, so you can get in on the Instagram action.
If your pet is afraid of the cell phone and hightails it when you point it in his or her direction, don’t fret; you just have to start slowly. Building confidence and security around the phone takes time. Here’s how to do it:
- Sit on the floor with your phone in your lap and allow your pet to approach at his own pace. Talk in a happy but soothing voice and cheer him on as he moves towards you.
- Give him treats to let him know he’s doing great.
- As he gets closer, raise the phone a few inches off your lap. His body language will tell you a lot. If he backs up in fear, you’ve probably raised the phone too high or too fast, so try it again, but go much slower. Keep the praise and the treats coming.
- Once you’re able to raise your phone without him running away, snap a pic and follow it up with a treat. Pet and reassure him, and then repeat.
- If he runs away and doesn’t come back, it’s time to take a break. You want your pet to enjoy the experience; so don’t force the fun. Eventually, he’ll learn that the camera is a good thing.
If you have an active animal chances are they’ll lose interest in a selfie photoshoot faster than you can say “cheese.” To keep them interested make sure you have a favorite snack on hand to give them something to concentrate on.
Even lighting is key, and shade works great because there are no harsh shadows. During certain times of the day, like early morning or an hour or so before sunset, the light outdoors gets absolutely magical. But remember to turn your flash off: It can be very harsh, and might even scare your pet.
Getting up close with a wide angle is where the fun begins. The effect can be quirky—really big eyes, long noses, giant heads, and tiny bodies. Take your pics to the next level with the new LG V20 smartphone. Its front-facing 120-degree wide angle lens lets you capture more of the moment. Plus, advanced stabilization technology and Auto Shot features make it easier to snap clearer pics when you want an action shot.
Costumes can give your pet even more personality. So get creative. Throw on some shades, or a scarf—with props, the possibilities are endless. But just like the phone itself, you may have to get them comfortable with things first. We can’t expect our pets to cooperate or look happy if they’re not into it.
It takes practice, but no matter how bad, blurry, or blown-out your pics are, the most important thing is spending time with your pet—it’s really all they want. Before you know it, your pet will get the hang of this whole selfie thing and you can post on your social sites to prove it. Want to give a shout-out to your pet? Leave one in the comments below.
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