Blog posts for August 2018

 

Photography tips to fast track pets into furever homes!

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With thousands of pets available for adoption on PetRescue.com.au (Australia’s most visited charity website) a perfect snap can catch a new owner’s eye and encourage an adoption. This International Pet Homelessness Day, Mars Petcare is calling attention to the simple steps we can take to help reduce the number of pets living in foster care, to Keep Australia Pet-Friendly.

With thousands of pets available for adoption on PetRescue.com.au (Australia’s most visited charity website) a perfect snap can catch a new owner’s eye and encourage an adoption. This International Pet Homelessness Day, Mars Petcare is calling attention to the simple steps we can take to help reduce the number of pets living in foster care, to Keep Australia Pet-Friendly.

While we all know that it’s whats on the inside that counts, using a few expert photography tips to capture an animal's personality can help make them jump out from the screen and into someone’s lap. 

Australia’s favourite vet Dr Chris Brown has photographed animals around the world, from Bondi beach to the African savannah – here he reveals the secrets behind what makes the perfect shot, and a few of his personal favourite portraits!

So whether you’re one of Australia’s incredible foster pet carers, or you just want to know how to boost the likes on your pet’s insta, read on!

DR CHRIS BROWN'S PHOTOGRAPHY DO'S AND DONT'S

When it comes to capturing pics of your pet, do you only get blur when you were really aiming for blue-steel?

Here are the top tips for capturing a homeless pet’s softer side. 

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 (and a potential owner) to get inside that delicate soul that needs a home.

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.

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