Pet Photography From Snapshots to Great Shots

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-09-23
  • Publisher: Peachpit Pr
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This new entry in the From Snapshots to Great Shots series will teach readers everything they need to know about photographing their pets. Like all books in the series, the book will offer instruction on basic photographic technique, discussing exposure settings, lighting, equipment, etc. Then the book will dive into working with various types of animals, posing them, capturing action shots, and working with multiple subjects.

From Snapshots to Great Shots is a beautiful how-to photography series that provides the perfect blend of instruction, inspiration, and reference for specific camera models and photography concepts. Featuring a clear, elegant design; outstanding images that educate and inspire; and a friendly, accessible voice, this series helps photographers get great shots every time they pick up their camera.

Author Biography

Alan Hess is a San Diego-based photographer specializing in concert and live-event photography. He has photographed hundreds of concerts in clubs and arenas, including some of the biggest names in music, ranging from Justin Bieber to The Who. Alan is currently the house photographer for a large venue in Southern California where he photographs a wide variety of concerts and events.

When he isn’t out shooting concerts, he is writing. Alan has written numerous photography books, covering such topics as concert photography and the basics of exposure and composition. He has written 13 books with Wiley and 7 FuelBooks with Peachpit, including his popular Pet Portraits That Stand Out.

Alan lives with his wife and two rescued boxers, who are his favorite models and test subjects.



Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Ten Tips for Pet Photography

Focus on the eyes

Patience pays off

Set up your camera before hand

Know your subject

The right lens for the job

Using depth of field

Get down to their level

Fill the frame

Use rewards

Stay safe


Chapter 2: Photography Basics

The Fundamentals of Light and Digital Photography

The Importance of Light

Types of Light

Color, Direction and Intensity of Light

Measuring Light

Metering modes

Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO



Chapter 3: The Gear

The Right Gear for The Job






Chapter 4: Working with Animals

The Do’s and Don’t when Photographing Pets

Safety First

Signs of Stress

Pre-shoot Planning


Chapter 5: Action Shots

Working Outside

Working Inside

Freezing Action


Chapter 6: Pet Portraits

Natural light

Using a flash

Posing Pets




Chapter 7: Working with multiple subjects

The Challenge of Multiple Pets

People and their Pets


Chapter 8: All Creatures Great and Small






Reptiles, Rodents and Other Small Animals

The Challenge of Puppies and kittens

Working with Mature Pets


Appendix: Giving Back

Working with rescue organizations

Rewards Program

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