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How to shoot animal portraits [video]

The post How to Shoot Animal Portraits first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Caz Nowaczyk.

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In this video from the Cooph crew, Vincent Lagrange shows how to make animal portraits with style and tell the story behind the animal.

These are the most important things that Lagrange demonstrates in the video:

Purity

Animals don't need makeup or a stylist – they have their own unique look to photograph from the start.

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Technic

  • Build a good relationship with the animal.
  • Create a soft light setting. Avoid flash so that the animal is as relaxed as possible.
  • Create a calm atmosphere
  • Communicate with sound.
  • Only use food if the shooting becomes difficult.

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Approach

  • Do not immediately start photographing the animal. First, spend some time with it.
  • If the animal does not want to be photographed, do not do it. Let it rest and try again. It is not an object.
  • Have patience

equipment

  • For the larger portraits, Vincent uses the Leica S medium-sized camera.
  • When on the road, he uses the Leica M.
  • He always uses fixed lenses – never zoom in.
  • It also never uses the continuous shooting mode. He invests time in composing and doing some shots and keeps it quiet.

You may also find the following useful:

  • Five tips for creative animal photography
  • Tips for fantastic lighting for animal photography
  • 6 Tips for working with unruly animals in animal photography
  • Why taking photos of your pets will help you make a better photographer
  • Five things you need to know before you start a pet photography business

The post How to Shoot Animal Portraits first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Caz Nowaczyk.

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