According to some research we recently commissioned around the launch of our Nikon D3200, pets really do have a very special place in our hearts. We found that nine out of 10 European pet owners consider them as part of their immediate family and more photographs are taken of our furry friends than our partners.
1/125 sec. f/6.3, ISO-200. Image © Carli Davidson. Image shot with Nikon D3200
In fact, pets are putting partners firmly in third place, with just a quarter naming their other half as their most popular subject, compared to 50 per cent saying their pet. Incredibly, two fifths of those questioned would prefer to spend time with their pet over their parents and siblings!
A third of the people we spoke with let their pet share their bed and their food! And while many share pet pictures on social networks (36 per cent), one in ten even keep a photo of their pet in their purse or wallet.
Unfortunately, photographing pets can be really tricky. It can be difficult to get the right shot, not least because you can’t get animals to respond in the same way as humans when you’re shooting; they’re often moving targets and conveying their personality in a still image is challenging.
This is where the Nikon D3200 can really make a difference. It’s the perfect camera for easily capturing the everyday moments of family life with beautiful pictures and cinematic quality movies. It’s easy to use, even if you haven’t picked up a D-SLR before. And it’s packed with features to capture the moment exactly as you intended, even if you have low light or your pet is racing around non-stop.
If you feel you’re getting the best out of your animal photography, keep an eye on our blog, as we will soon be sharing some great tips for great pet photography from international award winning pet and animal photographer, Carli Davidson. Watch this space.