If you’re an animal lover, then you know how it’s like: you try to take a photo of your dog or your cat and all you end up with is a blurry picture. Luckily for you, I’ve got some tips that will allow you to take better pictures!

1) Make them look at the camera

The hardest part of taking photos of your pets is getting them to cooperate. You may have tried to call them or get their attention with food or a toy, but that will last for a second or least.

My advice is to have your camera ready to shoot and to focus manually on their face. Then, you can try some strange noises that will make them look in your direction.

There are some free apps for your smartphone that can help. The ones I recommend are Dog Squeaky Toy and Human-To-Cat Translator. The hardest part will be to hold the camera and your phone at the same time. Once you get used to it, you’ll be able to take awesome pictures with your pet looking straight into the camera!

2) Portraits with blurred out backgrounds

Once you get your cat or your dog to look at the camera, you can try some fancy effects. If you want your dog to stand out, you can shoot close-ups with blurry backgrounds. They look great!

You should set your camera to Aperture Priority mode with the widest aperture possible. That’s it! Make sure your dog is far from the background and start taking pictures. It can take some time, but you’ll get the grasp of it in no time.

3) Don’t forget about action pictures!

Would you rather photograph your dog or your cat running and jumping? That’s easy! The key is a fast shutter speed and being able to focus on your moving subject.

To take better pictures while your dog runs through the park or your cat jumps around in your house, you should use a continuous focus mode. Increasing your shutter speed shouldn’t be too bad, unless you’re taking pictures with little light. In that case, you want to increase your ISO.

Ready to take amazing pictures? Get your camera and show the world your beautiful pets!