How to Set Up a Photo Studio for Pets

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How to Set Up a Photo Studio for Pets

Ready to create a photo studio? No matter what type of organization you’re involved with, there are ways to set up a space to capture great pet photos.  


Non-dedicated Photography AreaThe following tips can help if you’re in a foster situation, don’t have a dedicated photography space or need be able set-up and break-down your photography studio.

1.     Find an area to shoot.  This can be as simple as wall or fence, either indoors or outdoors. Make sure that the area has a clear and uncluttered background, such as a white or neutral colored wall.  If you do not have or are unable to create a clean background, try hanging a plain white sheet or canvas drop cloth.

2.     Make sure your area has adequate lighting! If you’re indoors, this can be as simple a bright window.  If you’re outdoors, look for a shaded area out of the direct sunlight.  Position the pet as close to the light source as you can and if possible, use a reflector opposite of the light source and angled at the pet.  If you don’t have a photography reflector any ridged white or silver material will do.

3.    Position the pet. For cats, small dogs or other small animals, consider using a sturdy folding table or other piece of furniture to position them on.

4.     Position your camera. Get as close to your subject as you can, making sure to stay on their eyelevel and start shooting!


Dedicated Photography Area –  Have a dedicated area you can use? Follow these 6 steps and turn an ordinary space into great place to capture high quality pet photos.

1. Find a space – Finding an area to take a good photo can be a challenge, but it may not take as much space as you think. Even a small room that was once used to store a clothes washer and dryer, a sink or extra cages can be transformed in to a photography space.

2. Prep the walls -Light is important when taking a good photo. If you don’t have windows, a fresh coat of clean, bright white paint can help reflect the light that is available and create a brighter photo. Or, try using sheets of FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic) to cover areas that can’t be painted.

3. Adjust the lighting – The proper lighting can showcase a pet’s best features. Find a professional, adjustable photo reflector that fit the space, and the budget.

4. Hang the backdrop Try using a solid blue backdrop, because it looks great with all fur types and colors. Using a tension rod and/or utility clamps, cover the back wall with a blue photo backdrop.

5. Add a sitting surface Elevating the pet can help keep him/her still and will help the photographer easily achieve the desired eye-level angle. A small, sturdy, adjustable height folding table can be used as a platform for the pet to sit or stand.

6. Start shooting Good pet photos take patience and practice!