Most of you already know that pets need good photos all year long to help with adoptions. And the good clear colorful photos we get when the weather is nice are extra effective in grabbing attention. So use COLOR whenever you can!
Even a few random tulips in the background will make a big difference when a prospective adopter is scrolling through photo after photo online looking for the perfect pup. It’s also been shown that outdoor photos are more effective than indoor photos — so practice with your favorite lens (these were done with the 85 1.2L from Canon) to blur out undesirable elements in the background (use your widest aperture for this — like 2.0 or 2.8) which will make cars and street signs almost disappear…. and colorful blossoms turn painterly.
The hard part, is that at these wide open settings, it’s a little trickier to get the pet in sharp focus. I select the center focus point and place it on the dog’s eyes. You really need a helper for this so that you have someone holding the dog in place for you (these dogs were on leashes which we removed with Photoshop). Don’t give up! It’s worth the extra effort and the adoption applications will pour in when they see these sweet faces playing in the outdoors.