I’m so excited to share with your guys a mini series on pet photographer. Rachel Potter is a pet photographer in central Mississippi. She has such a way of capturing animals…it may be all the time she spends with them in her day job as a veterinarian.
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What are your “Go To” Settings for pet photography?
When you think of pet photography- think of sports and action; fast moving toddlers. I almost never shoot below a shutter speed of 1/250 and prefer higher than 1/400 for most work. Of course if your going for action shots OF pets, you will need to crank that even higher, for example greater than 1/1000 shutter speed.
As for my favorite aperture, I try to stick to around f/3.2. It was definitely the sweet spot on my beloved first lens the 100L 2.8 Macro, and is there most of my current shots are set. Because I like to shoot with long lenses (more on this later) that aperture gives me both the creamy bokeh and allows for most important features of my subjects to be in focus. If shooting with a shorter lens (such as the 50mm and below) you will have to increase the aperture to compensate for that.
ISO settings are where I vary the most. As long as you maintain a good exposure or slighting overexpose, noise will be minimal at moderately higher ISOs on most cameras.