Pet Photography 101: Tips for taking better photos of your dog or cat, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Pet Photography 101

Tips for taking better photos of your dog or cat, 1st Edition

By Andrew Darlow


192 pages

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Selected Tips & Photographs From Pet Photography 101 by Andrew Darlow:

Tip #1 Should you buy a DSLR, or a high-end Point and Shoot (a.k.a. a compact camera) to photograph your pets and other family members? What about a camera that can do both stills and video? Andrew gives an overview of what's out there and how to find just the right camera (or cameras) for you and your family. He also covers tips for taking better photos with your camera phone/smartphone.

Tip #24 Learn how to find inexpensive, yet powerful handheld reflectors around the house, in your local hardware store or at another retailer, and find out what specific light stands and accessories you can use to hold them in place. Also learn techniques for using the sun as a "lightbulb in the sky."

Tip #49 Valuable tips for getting your pets to stand still so that you can get great photographs of them (this is the pet photography question Andrew is most frequently asked!). Other suggestions in this tip include ways to get your pets moving around in interesting ways for better still photos or video clips.

Tip #83 This tip covers an important yet often overlooked topic-organizing your photos. Andrew introduces the process and links to an online step-by-step tutorial with downloadable folders for keeping your images organized (whether you use Mac or Windows).

Tip #99 This tip covers the reasons why continuous-tone photo prints from a photo lab or retail store are a great option. It also includes additional resources, including a link to a 4 x 6-inch calibration file on the companion site to help make sure you are getting proper color, density and sharpness.

The book's companion site:, contains additional links, tips and information as well as free excerpts-including all of Chapter 2 as a free downloadable PDF.


".With the aid of this handy guide, photographers of all skill levels can produce heartwarming shots that are certain to delight any pet parent. Andrew Darlow offers advice on composition, lighting, setting up fun shots, and printing the best quality images so you can produce top-quality work that will set you ahead of the pack." -Shutterbug Magazine

"At last, a photography book for our changing times and equipment. As uncomplicated or sophisticated as you desire, depending on your camera and curiosity. Whipped cream on the cake; for the best photos you want. Highly useful and most enjoyable." - Mordecai Siegal, author and photographer

"One of life's greatest joys is our pets. Dogs, cats, and other animals represent love, joy, and boundless fun. Bravo to Andrew for creating an inspiring book! Just follow his guidance and you're unleashed to creating works of art. As a celebrity pet photographer, I believe the book identifies great tips. Wishing you joy & wags!" - Lori A. Cheung & Flash, the chiweenie (chihuahua-dachshund),

"After the photo shoot, you can put the photos up on a site that helps photographers display and sell their prints and other products, but it's even better to meet with people in person if possible at your studio or their home."

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Train Your Camera (But Don't Make it Roll Over!)

Chapter 2: It's All About Perspective (Tips for Composition and Camera Placement)

Chapter 3: Bask in the Sunshine (Outdoor Lighting Tips)

Chapter 4: I Do Windows! (Window Lighting Tips)

Chapter 5: Let Sleeping Dogs (and Cats)…Sleep!

Chapter 6: Where'd My Sock Go? (Tips for Setting Up and Capturing Fun Photos)

Chapter 7: Holidazed and Confused (Photo Tips For Holidays and Events)

Chapter 8: Barkness on the Edge of Town (Night and Low-Light Photography Tips)

Chapter 9: The Digital Canine (Tech Tips, Including Hardware, Software and Printing Options)

About the Author

Andrew Darlow is a photographer, author and digital imaging consultant. His editorial and fine-art work have been featured in numerous magazines, including Photo District News, PDN Gear Guide, Popular Photography, Professional Photographer and Rangefinder magazine. His work has been widely exhibited and his prints are held in many private collections. Andrew's love of cats and dogs began at a very young age, and his photographs of canines and felines have played an important role in his career. His pet photography has been featured in numerous publications, including Animal Fair magazine and The AKC Gazette, the official publication of the American Kennel Club. Darlow has photographed a wide variety of people and their pets in both formal and informal situations. He has donated his photography services to a number of causes, including the Susan G. Komen Foundation, The Seeing Eye (Guide Dog Training Institute), and the garden tour for Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (a no-kill shelter for dogs and cats). He has lectured and conducted seminars and workshops around the world at conferences, and for photography organizations and schools, including the Arles Photo Festival, School of Visual Arts, Columbia University, and the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHOTOGRAPHY / Techniques / Digital (see also COMPUTERS / Digital Media / Photography)