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Olympus kit provides lots of options for photographing your pets creatively. Here, we run down our top ideas that will help you capture photos with a more creative edge.
Fisheye lens -
Olympus have a few fisheye lenses that are currently available, including the 9mm fisheye body cap lens
, which is available for under £100. Fisheye lenses are great for photographing pets that are interested in your equipment and will come forward to sniff it when you're set up. This will give you a great quirky photo where their nose appears larger than life. The same effect can also be implemented on other areas of their face, such as the eye. The technique will require you to get down to the level of your pet for the best results.
Focus on their quirks -
If your pet has a specific habit or quirk about them, try to capture this on camera. It might be that they chase their tail, which will look great frozen at a fast shutter speed or a little more blurred as a slower shutter speed image. If they have a particularly interesting patterned coat, part of it might make an interesting abstract shot, if you can get your pet to stand still in the same position while you set up the shot!
Use your camera's built in filters
- Olympus mirrorless cameras, such as the OM-D E-M10, feature several built in filters, enabling you to put a different twist on your images. Story mode will be a good filter to use with your pet for a montage of images, the feature lets you take three images and combine them into a collage. Filters like grainy film or soft focus will help to give a retro look, while filters like cross process and dramatic tone might help to emphasise your pet's coat colours.
Pick an unusual angle -
Being creative with the angle of your photography is fundamental to getting an image with a more interesting look. Unless you're photographing your pet dog jumping up at you, for example, it's usually not a great idea to photograph your pet from standing height. Your images will feel much more part of the animal's world if you kneel or even lie down to their level. Photographing them playing, or relaxing from a lower down angle will usually create a much more pleasing image. Shooting from below them might work too if you have a particularly large dog. Experiment!
Pet portraits -
I can be argued that all images of your pets are technically portraits, but what we mean by this is a more formal, studio style portrait of your animal. This might involve them sitting while you get a shot of their head and shoulders against a plain background, or in the case of a cat or smaller mammals it might involve bribery with food or toys to get them to pose for you!
If you are interested in learning more about portraiture in general, Olympus is running several workshops with Damian McGillicuddy on lighting portraits more effectively in the next few months. For more information, take a look at the Olympus Events