Dr Chris Tells How To Take THE BEST Photos of Your Pet

What are the tips you need to take snaps of your good boy today?

It's actually quite simple. well, so says Dr Chris Brown anyway. "A great photo of your pet is one that captures their true personality," he told ten daily, "whether it’s a head tilt, a smile or a wink. You know your pet best, so when you take that photo of them that you love, that’s what makes it great.

He has a point -- the best photos of animals are always the ones where they are doing something cute that shows off their personality (and for those non-pet owners out there, yes they do have personalities, okay?).

So let's start with some top tips for snapping that great photo. Over to you Chris.

Choose your spot

"Keep it simple. Often the busier the background, the more it distracts away from the true star here; your little mate. An empty park, beach or even a plain brick wall allow your pet to shine."

Light it up

"Really manage the light where you’re shooting. You’re aiming for a soft light that you often find early in the morning or late in the afternoon. That’ll add some warmth and emotion to your image straight away but it’s also really important for those eyes as well."

The eyes have it

"The eyes let you into that personality of theirs so try focusing upon them. Plus having enough light so they don’t just look like black holes will help you to get inside that delicate soul."

Go low

"In order to appreciate their personality, you have to be on their level and look into their eyes. So, despite how it may look, get down onto their level by sitting or lying on the ground."

No flashing

"Our pets have a reflective membrane in the back of their eyes (often a blue, green or orange colour) that will bounce that flashlight right back at you. It’s like ‘red eye’ on steroids. And it’s obviously hugely distracting."

Be patient

You’re only after one look or even one lick. Go in with an open mind about what you’re after and I guarantee they’ll flash you a glance when you least expect it...so be ready.

Of course, for most of us it doesn't come naturally to snap the perfect shot when the subject can't sit still for more than a second. Are there any tips for how to keep the little furry munchkins from running off or refusing to look your way?

"It’s really a case of whatever works," Chris said. "Most pets have a favourite toy or treat, so this is a great way to get their attention and hold it until you get the perfect snap. But never doubt the power of a weird noise or a squeaky toy to get that magic moment of full, undivided attention that you’ve been waiting for!"

And lastly -- with a lot of animals around, has Chris had any pet photography disaster stories of his own he can share? "Absolutely. I take a LOT of photos of animals," he laughed. "And while most of my disaster stories centre around getting low enough to the ground to lie in ants nests and be bitten by just about every bug in Australia, Africa and America, my most interesting encounter occurred earlier this year when I decided to leave my camera out on a timer to capture photos of a leopard in South Africa. Unfortunately, when I returned in the morning my camera had been stolen…by a baboon. This highly maternal mother then carried it around for the next 24 hours before dumping it on a path where it was found. The result? Hundreds of selfies and portraits of her family. It was quite bizarre!"

Feature Image: Instagram/The Dogist

NB  We have thousands of homeless pets in shelters around Australia, and a photo can actually mean a better chance at adoption -- a cute pet photo you see on your newsfeed could catch your eye and introduce you to your new best friend. There are a few things you should consider before starting the adoption process though, and websites like petpositives.com.au has information and things to consider before adopting a pet.