|I am no photographer, but I have been told my pics of my babies are pretty... Some of my pics can be seen on the
FML's Ferret Screen Saver by Randy Duke. My ferrets, Ping, Pong, and Rocky (from Rocky and Sean) can be seen there.
My pics are the ones with my hubby kissing baby ferrets, of the "birth announcements" ... Hehe, the ferrets in the
snow, and of my son Sean with Rocky. Also you can see more of my work here… Picture Gallery.
OK here we go:
Don't worry about a front or side view... angle views are actually better as they give the photo depth or a 3-D look. My personal preference is to get in as close as possible on some shots to give them that postcard look… But others say it gives more depth to have a tree or toys in front of and behind the ferret for reference, and to show a more 3-D effect. So try both!
To personalize the photo, have a special toy or object in the photo (a favorite blankee, beanie, or maybe your ferret is attached to a purple bra!).
Light...There can NOT be enough LIGHT. Open the dang windows all up wide, and turn on every light in the home. I'd rather do this than use a flash. If you indeed know how to use a flash effectively, did you know its good to use it even outside in daylight (to counter over shadowing, etc)? Take pics in the early to mid morning, or mid to late afternoon outside. Do not take pics at high noon… it leaves the pic with absolutely no subtle shadows and therefore it comes out very flat. Don't forget to keep the sun behind you. If you can, use speed film of 400 asa. Anything higher is way too grainy and colorless. Anything lower and the fuzzies are more prone to blur in their activity. Use the fastest shutter speed your camera will allow since these guys can move in blink of an eye (if you can not choose type of film or set speeds, use LIGHT, LIGHT, LIGHT to your advantage for clarity).
Hint... FERR-E-TONE... LOLOL.
I read once that putting ferrets on top of something is a good way to have them stay still for a photo. Put your ferrets on top of a high place such as their cage (maybe with a blanket underneath them) so they must stay put and so you can get their attention easier. I usually talk some poor souls into helping me and then try to do the photography in an enclosed area so they don't have much room to take off or hide.
Think "unique" … take pics in various places like bathtubs, cages, rice boxes, snow, grass, trees, beaches, with people, with other animals, with toys, with weird things like candy wrappers, in baskets, in bed, on the tv, in the silverware drawer, etc.. Just try ... the dumbest things come out cute. Throw Moby Dick on the floor and take a piture of them "reading" it. Sounds stupid, but hey… that is what makes a picture different from all the rest.
But most of all try.