Kids and pets seem to speak the same language. A medium telephoto lens captured this playful scene on the left. As we see on the right, pets and favorite animals can be big or small.
Photographing your pet can be challenging. And also fun and rewarding for both of you.
There are essentially two kinds of pet photography: the pet portrait, which you set up and usually requires patience, perserverance and empathy, and the spontaneous picture you take of your pet. Luck plays a big part in both kinds.
A good spontaneous picture usually requires the pet to be doing something interesting. This means being in the right place at the right time, with your camera ready to shoot, and good lighting.
Explore the links below for tips and hints on photographing your pet.
SEND IN YOUR PET PICTURES OR SHOOTING TIPS
Send us your favorite pet pictures by email (like Amanda Twigg did - see bottom picture, this page) or your favorite tips or hints for shooting pets that we may have overlooked.
We will post the best pictures and tips here for everyone to enjoy, and give you full credit for the effort. Be sure to tell us your pet's name and provide any information relating to the picture and the circumstances under which it was taken.
SOME PET PICTURES BY OUR VIEWERS
You can see some pet pictures submitted by viewers here, here and here.
This alert feline seems to be posing for the camera
A pet that feels relaxed and secure makesa good subject for a photograph.
What is more endearing than a puppy, a kitten or most any young animal? Be sure to take plenty of pictures when your pet is young. They grow so quickly.
A favorite pet can be just a few inches in size.
We weren't sure when we received this picture if it belonged in our Pets and kids section or just our general pet photography section. It was submitted by Amanda Twigg from South Africa. Click on the picture for the full story.