Who doesn’t love pretty pictures of bunnies? Adding little props only adds to the cuteness, and enhances the ability to show off your little furry friend’s natural beauty. But what about those of us who are not so gifted in the photo-taking skills department? You know, every picture you take turns out fuzzy, with bad lighting, and is otherwise just plain “blah looking” at best. Well, this article is for you!
To begin with, let’s start with the rabbit. There is only one way to make your bunny sit still for picture time, and that is to handle him and work with him, a lot. As is the case with every breed of rabbit, they all have what is collectively termed as a “natural pose”. Some of these may be sitting up, while others are stretched out. The type of pose which is right for your breed of rabbit is also used as the pose that the rabbit is to hold while it is being shown. Therefore, if you are taking pictures of rabbits that you are offering for sale, those who show and breed them will want to see the rabbit positioned in that pose. Doing so allows them to look at the good and bad traits of the rabbit, such as a judge does while showing. Otherwise, if you are taking pictures just for the pleasure of doing so, then while it still may enhance the look of the rabbit, holding such a pose is not required for that purpose of picture-taking.
Lights and Props
Next, Lighting is the most important factor when it comes to taking a good picture. If the picture is too dark, the qualities of the rabbit can’t be seen very well, causing the picture to look bad. On the flip side, if there is too much lighting, there will be bright white spots (even on the rabbit) that are too “blinding” too look at. Again, no one is going to give such a picture a second look because it’s almost painful to even try to look at it. Shadows don’t usually do any favors for the bunny either; it’s distracting from the animal itself. So – if you are not sure which angle will produce which right effect, set it up, take a picture, and then look at what you have. If it’s not what you want, delete it, move to a different spot, and try again. The ultimate result should be a bright, crisp, clear picture that looks “natural”.
Once you get the set-up situation under control and your rabbit is ready to sit up pretty, the lighting is working in your favor, and you’re not in a rushed mood, then you are good to go. Choose a background that is subtle, yet natural. For instance, having tree’s or barn-wood may enhance the rabbit more so than a raging waterfall. You can add baskets, flowers, veggies, toys, hats, or other trinkets to make the picture more pleasing to the eye. Don’t be afraid to move things around a little. The desired look should be a well-balanced placement which is also a happy medium of clean and cute. Clutter takes away from the subject of the photo, being your rabbit, but having several items spaced too far apart can also create an eye-sore. Once you have your props set, give your rabbit time to check out these items; doing so will help him pay better attention to you during picture time, verses him being over-taken by curiosity.
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