These are the key things Lagrange points out in the video:
Animals don’t need makeup or a stylist – they have their own unique look to photograph from the get-go.
- 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 quiet atmosphere
- Communicate with sound.
- Only use food when the shoot is becoming difficult.
- Don’t start directly photographing the animal. Spend some time with it first.
- If the animal doesn’t want to be photographed, then don’t. Let it rest and then try again. It is not an object.
- Have patience
- For the larger portraits, Vincent uses the Leica S medium format camera.
- When he is on the road, he uses the .
- He always uses fixed lenses – never zooms.
- He also never uses continuous shooting mode. He invests time in composing and doing single shots and keeping it quiet.
You may also find the following helpful:
- Five Tips for Creative Pet Photography
- Tips for Great Lighting for Pet Photography
- 6 Tips for Working with Unruly Animals in Pet Photography
- Why Taking Pictures of Your Pets Will Help Make You a Better Photographer
- Five Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Pet Photography Business
Table of contents
- CREATIVE TECHNIQUES
- ADVANCED GUIDES
- How to Shoot Animal Portraits [video]