How To Take High Quality Pictures of Your Rabbits – Part 2

How To Take High-Quality Pictures of Your Rabbits – Part 2

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Welcome to PART 2 of how to take high-quality pictures of your rabbits.

Did you enjoy Part 1? I hope so!

Today I’m answering even more common questions about rabbit photography. If you have a question that hasn’t been answered yet shoot me an email or comment below.

How do you get them to sit SO still?

Two things – a fast shutter speed and continuous high shots for the camera, and lots of handling for the rabbits.

A fast shutter speed – captures movement crisply. Continuous high shots – captures pictures as fast as the shutter is going, while I simply hold down the button. Super handy.

Handling: I handle, pose, and fiddle with my buns a lot. I want them to be comfortable with me moving around them, touching them, and the camera’s sound. (it has a pretty good ‘click’) There have been some buns who, when they hear that first click of the shutter, sit perfectly still, pose and ALWAYS want to look at the camera. I teach them:

  • to pose from a young age, with only one hand under their chin/a finger on their ear
  • that light touches here and there is asking them to move away, tuck something in, etc.
  • that my finger on their ear means they can’t move (working away from this one to ‘no hands’ – it’s taking them a bit to learn that)

I take them out for pictures about once a week from 2 weeks old up until either they are sold or until 4 months old. That way it really sticks in their head. Handling I try to do each day.

And somewhere in that time frame, they learn to sit still.

Tutorial: how to take high quality pictures of your rabbits

Tutorial: how to take high quality pictures of your rabbits
Tutorial: how to take high quality pictures of your rabbits

What are some cute backdrops/props/poses?

I don’t use props. It’s just a personal choice if you want to, fly at ‘er and have fun! 🙂

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For backgrounds, I would recommend picking one for your main background. This is the one you will use for most pictures. It will give your pictures consistency, and folks will be able to recognize your pictures simply by the background and ‘feel’ of the picture. Think back to most big-name breeders – all their pictures have consistent backgrounds and are very recognizable.

When trying to capture relaxed, natural poses or setups, it’s best to just let the bunny relax and move around your picture-taking area at will.

To get the best pictures, try to have it so you can move around the table on 3 sides. (the last side is your backdrop). This way you’re not constantly trying to turn the rabbit around to face you.

And have fun at it!

Posing & Poses:

A proper breed pose goes a long way! Here’s a great video on Holland Lop posing. This topic needs whole videos, articles and blog posts about it, so here’s the briefest overview ever.

Perfection was my very patient, fairly willing helper. He’s such a sweetie!

Okay, back on topic: I use pressure & release to teach my Hollands to pose. The basic idea is, if they are trying to turn around or to wiggle away, I keep my hands on them and gently but firmly hold them still. The second they are still, I release them; let them sit or move around for a few seconds and do it over again. They learn very, very quickly this way and it works on almost all ages. (older rabbits are harder to teach)

Below are the basic holds I use when teaching a pose and setting up a pose:

How do I get eyes to show up better on self or black rabbits?

Expose for the eyes and the colour of the rabbit. Don’t worry about the background.

Expose – how much light you let in the camera via shutter speed, iso, aperture, etc.

For this cute black doe, I focused on her eye and picked a slower shutter speed; making the background a bit too bright. Doing this makes a black rabbit show up better. Their coats may pick up a bit of a blue sheen, but a photo editor can fix that. Broken blacks and black torts are similar.

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The blurry background – and how to achieve it!

The fancy names for this are aperture, F-stop, or depth of field.

Basic definition: how much of your picture is in focus.

Here are a few examples:

Here I used a bigger aperture to make the background be in focus. It’s distracting from the rabbit because now you have more to look at in the photograph. Perfection is sort of lost in it now.

In this picture, I used a smaller aperture – a shallower depth of field – and now Perfection stands out more. Plus the picture is now more attractive.

In this last picture, I used an even smaller aperture. The background is just colour now – you can’t really see what is it and now Whimsical’s head and eye really stand out! All you want to look at is the rabbit…not the background.

Have a question that wasn’t answered? Or maybe more questions arose after reading this?

Comment below or send me an email! I will either answer personally or in a blog post.

Keep an eye out for Part 3!


How To Take High Quality Pictures of Your Rabbits – Part 2

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