Don’t these rabbits look cute with their lovely gestures? Here are some techniques to take more adorable photos of rabbits while they are grooming or washing their faces. (Reported by: Akiyo Ogawa, Yusuke Yuzawa)
Idea 1: Catch it in a cute pose
To capture a rabbit in a cute pose, you’d be surprised by how important it is to observe the rabbit and wait for it to start moving. Some rabbits may not move a lot in the beginning, but if you wait patiently enough, the rabbit may start to groom itself, or stand up to survey its surroundings, creating many opportunities to capture it in an interesting pose.
The look of a rabbit washing its face is particularly cute, and tends to provide plenty of shutter opportunities in particular since it will be very engrossed in the activity. Another adorable pose to catch a rabbit in is when it stands up.
EOS-1D X/ EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM/ FL: 55mm/ Manual exposure (f/3.2, 1/200 sec)/ ISO 125/ WB: Preset
EOS 7D/ EF40mm f/2.8 STM/ FL: 40mm (64mm equivalent)/ Manual exposure (f/3.2, 1/400 sec)/ ISO 800/ WB: Preset
EOS 7D/ EF40mm f/2.8 STM/ FL: 40mm (64mm equivalent)/ Manual exposure (f/4, 1/320 sec)/ ISO 800/ WB: Preset
Tip: Wait quietly before you start shooting
The whole idea about rabbit photography is to wait. Put your camera on standby and just watch and wait. Instead of wasting your shutter count on meaningless shots, wait until it gets into a good pose and then take continuous shots.
Idea 2: Focus on its adorable mouth from a low angle
Angles are crucial when taking photos of rabbits. If you take from a low angle, you can make it look cuter by highlighting its mouth. In addition, lop-eared breeds such as the Holland Lop may have their eyes hidden by their ears at certain angles. So, look for the best angle to take a photo.
EOS-1D X/ EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM/ FL: 24mm/ Aperture-priority AE (f/5.6, 1/320 sec, EV+0.7)/ ISO 2000/ WB: Preset
EOS-1D X/ EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM/ FL: 55mm/ Manual exposure (f/3.5, 1/200 sec)/ ISO 250/ WB: Preset
Tip: Use Live View mode for your low angle shots
When taking photos from a low angle, it would be more convenient to use the Live View mode, which uses the LCD screen. That way, you don’t have to strain your head at awkward positions to look through the viewfinder.
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Born in Saitama Prefecture in 1980. Akiyo is a pet photographer who has obtained many animal-related qualifications, including those for a trimmer and dog trainer. She is currently a lecturer giving photography classes, chief editor of a pet magazine, and the director of a pet program.
Born in Tokyo in 1980. Yusuke is a pet photographer who takes photos of more than 500 pets per month. He is currently a pet photography lecturer and pet magazine cover and gravure photographer. He is also involved in scriptwriting and making appearances in pet programs.
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