In some pictures I saw cats and dogs...The name of assignments is for pets ,who is not usual, I think.
Not Your Average Pet
What’s that you say? No pet is considered average in the eyes of its human. While this is true, what we’d like to do is turn the spotlight on those pets that rarely get the appreciation they deserve. Move over cats and dogs—there’s a new crowd in town.
Show us the unusual pet you love. From a frolicking fish to a lounging lizard, from a slithering snake to a romping rabbit—they come in all shapes and sizes. Hamsters, turtles, and gerbils, step right up because this is your month!
What is it about your pet that makes them so unique? Show us why you chose a chinchilla over a canine or a fish over a feline.
Thank you for your contributions!
Behind the Edit
What was it like to edit almost 10,000 photos? Why did some photos make it and others didn't? Listen to my Behind the Edit on the Your Shot blog as I discuss two of my favorite photos with fellow editors Jeanne and Marie.
After looking at a recent batch of photos submitted to this assignment, I started thinking that the word "expressionless" can be slightly misleading. Take, for example, a lizard or even a bird. At first glance you might think, How can I show the personality of my subject when its face doesn’t move—its expression seemingly frozen? On closer inspection you’ll realize it’s all about the eyes, or should I say the "smize"—smiling with your eyes. Apparently it’s a modeling thing, but I think pets have caught on. When was the last time your pet willed you to do something with its eyes?
Next time you're trying to get a good shot of your pet, concentrate on the eyes. Think about the light and how it plays with them. A catch light in the eyes provides spark where they might otherwise appear dull and lifeless. Both natural and indoor light can give you the glint you need.
Know Your Subject
When you think about photographing an animal, it might help to go about it as if you were shooting a person. Where does the subject feel most comfortable and at ease? When does their personality shine through? What do they love doing the most? Questions like these will help you figure out the best time and location to capture the most telling shot—a photo that lets the viewer know more about the subject. What story do you want to tell about your pet? What information do you want to impart?
There are certainly great photos that were captured unexpectedly and happened randomly, but most photographers would tell you that it pays to put in the time and effort before going out in the field. Do your research! Know your subject.
Does your lizard love cherries? Then bring him a handful and start snapping.
More Than Meets The Eye
As with any assignment, regardless of the subject matter, the aim of the photographer should be to get a photo that is unique. Ideally you want a photo that grabs the editor’s attention because they have never seen anything like it before. This can be tough because editors typically have looked at hundreds of thousands of images. But the beauty of photography is that with a little luck and patience, you can find magic in the most mundane situation. So wait for that perfect light, know your subject, and be ready to capture that moment.
A photo of a fluffy rabbit is certainly cute, but take the photo to the next level and watch how it interacts with children or other pets. What behaviors or traits does your pet have that make it so endearing to you? Even a pet photo can tell a story and that is what this assignment is all about. I love all animals but have always owned “boring” cats and dogs. Show me what I am missing with your photos this month.
Monica C. Corcoran
Some great photos, but it is a shame that the assignments was about pets, but there are many pictures of animals that are clearly not their pets.
this is the worst of the assignment, with only 14 photos !! no respect for the time of publication !! so failed !!!!!!
Good luck everyone on your submissions! This was so exciting looking through everyone's pictures. I drew alot of inspiration from your submissions. This site is amazing and I appreciate the opportunity to participate! :)
Everyone contributed with great photos. I wish everyone of them would be published, but they cannot. i wish good luck to everyone who contributed. Thank you for the hard work everyone! I loved all the pictures that I looked at!!! Have a great day!!!
By all of the photos that Monica picked as favorites this should be a beautiful story in pictures!!!!!!!
I was wondering, I took a picture on the 21st. I tried to upload it on the 22nd, but it wouldn't let me. I was wondering if y'all could take a look at it anyway? It's the newest picture I've uploaded. I would really appreciate it. Thanks!
Hi all, New to the site but when I saw the not your average pet challenge I had to ad a few photos. Now I'm excited to add more. Check them out and favorite or comment! I'd love feedback (the best one was not taken with the best camera, but the moment was perfection.) Thanks! Nice to meet you all :)
@Nicole A. welcome to the community I like the photos
@Nicole A. So sweet! I look forward to your future posts. All the best
ugh, I missed it?! The contest was supposed to be open through the 22nd - It is still the 22nd! Rushed home from work to get my entry in. Oh well
@Linda Bailey So sorry to hear that. I missed the Into the Wilderness due to mistaking 12 pm for midnight! Maybe that happened here too?
new assignment is out. this 1 will be interesting to see what everyone posts :) I am sure there will be some great photos posted as usual
Hey! New to Your Shot, and have a question. Not sure if this is the right place. I'm finding that the color images I upload have different, duller colors after I upload them. Like a bright green goes to a slightly duller brown green. Has anyone else experienced this, or know a solution?
@Ian B. Ian ... I had the exact same question/concern when I uploaded as well! No one has yet been able to explain it - as I do upload with 300 pixels each time and on my computer before downloading them they are much much crisper and cleaner.
I'm wondering about "not your average pet" and people photograph wildlife (lions, tigers, etc.) that aren't pets.
Kinda off-topic, no?
Like I would put this shot up as a pet:
@Arno E. That is a spectacular photo! Did you enter it?
this fall when the leave change color I wanna drive back up thru blue ridge mountain parkway. there is a spot there called devil's courtyard. great views. Cherokee say a giant that lives in a cave there.
@brad kennedy I'd consider playing with light and putting a giant in that cave.
12 hours left for someone without an exotic pet to go to Petsmart and get a glamour shot of an employee at their establishment handling an exotic animal...or two. Make sure to show some signage perhaps, definitely the store logo on the work shirt. Do their hair and make-up while you're at it if you're that ambitious haha. I would of tried it but the closest one is a 5 hour round trip.
@Adrian Miller be interesting if someone actually did that
I have a Nikon D3100 with stock lens 18-55 VR. Please suggest me a Budget / Pocket friendly Zoom lens 55-300 or 55-200mm lens compatible with D3100. I would like to have VR option, macro, Auto Focus features.
Good evening to all: http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/4271747/
This is the first time I've submitted to an assignment and I went out to do a bit of a photo shoot at my barn for it. I thought this shot of the mini donkeys turned out really nice, but it seems like it been buried in the stream of posts. I'm definitely interested in feedback if anyone is willing to share it! http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/4208100/
I also submitted my horse's photo, although it is not as unique. He's a handsome fellow and I like the way the highlights came out.
@Bianca McCartt hope you continue to post more great photos :)
@Bianca McCartt you're very welcome
@Bianca McCartt You have some remarkable photos Bianca. Keep up the great work. I look forward to seeing more of your posts in the future. Good luck
It's all about the eyes...
Recently joined and first time submitting assignment. I would like criticism on this photo I took of my pet... http://m.yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/4257305
@Candice Cudjoe So sweet ... the eyes are remarkable! Good luck Candice