Tips and tricks with Rut Casanellas!

When we hear the words “animal photography”, wide open planes of the African Savannah with herds of zebras, wildebeests and antelope come to mind.

But that is just one part of the natural world!

Don’t get us wrong, exotic locations and wild animals make really impressive photos, but not all of us have access to these kind of environments. Plus, photos of animals easily spotted in our day-to-day lives or even pets can be equally extraordinary!

That’s why we got in touch with Rut Casanellas, aka @rutcasanellasphotography, professional child and pet photographer from the AGORA Community!

Discover her 4 golden rules for shooting with animals to improve your chance of reaching the Top 50 or even becoming the Hero of #Animals2019 and winning $1000! 👇

1.Know the animal you’re going to photograph!

Before deciding the place where the session will take place, it’s important to know the animal you are going to photograph; what it likes to do, how you can call its attention, its favorite treats or toy. It’s important that the animal feels as comfortable as possible during the shooting – we can’t jump straight into the session without knowing the context!

There are two ways to do this: make an initial visit to meet the animal personally before your shoot or through questionnaires about the animals personality and preferences given to the owner(s).

2. Know the area where you will take the photos!

It’s important before shooting to know the area and plan in which places you will take the pictures. Dogs have greater comfort in an outdoor environment and cats prefer a known environment such as their own home. As we are already familiar with the animal, we can start to think of places and plan compositions where they will feel more at ease prior to the shoot.

3. Respect the animals, don’t force them to be in photograph they don’t want to do or put them in danger!

We all have our own pace of work, animals too! Treat them with affection, and don’t distress them with unpleasant positions or force a photograph that the animal does not want to do. Think of alternative options in case the animal or family do not like your proposed idea.

Reinforce the animal positively with treats each time it does what it is asked for, or when a photo ends successfully. Avoid all scenarios that could be potentially dangerous for the animal or for yourself. Even if you think it may be beautiful, the main thing is to be aware of the dangers of the area you’re in.

4. Use different lenses according to the type of animal and environment.

To photograph animals in an outdoor area it is preferable to use a medium-range lens to approach the animal without having to invade their space too much. For an indoor environment a portrait lens such as 50mm will do perfectly. For wildlife, it’s best to use a telephoto lens to respect the animal’s space as much as possible and not run any risk as people if we get too close.

You should use the fastest shutter speed available as animals move a lot and the aperture should also be as closed as possible to be able to focus on the animal. To take the perfect shot the focus point should be placed on the animal’s eyes.

So put these tips to practise and upload your best photos to #Animals2019!

If you enjoyed this post you don’t want to miss Part 1: Wildlife photography tips with Ramón Carretero from last week! Hit the reactions below to tell us your thoughts 👇

Questions for the AGORA Community:

Has this post helped you to improve your knowledge about shooting with animals?

Have you participated in #Animals2019 yet?

What kind of photography tips would you like us to post here in the future?