Occupy Your Subjects: Keep Your Chickens Busy and Happy
We all know that chickens can get around rather quickly and may seem more like moving targets when you’re trying to take a picture of them, so it’s important to keep them occupied and happy during your photo shoot. Try throwing some treats to keep them interested and engaged. Clap, whistle, or use other sounds like “CHICKIE CHICKIE” to grab their attention and get that perfect shot.
Lighting: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (or the Light)
Good lighting is crucial for any photo shoot, and poultry photography is no exception. But don’t be afraid to experiment with different lighting conditions, from bright sun to overcast skies. Just be mindful of shadows and washed-out images. The direct noonday sun isn’t usually the best time to capture your best images. And whatever you do, avoid using your flash at all costs – it’s a surefire way to make your feathered friends squawk in protest.
Background: Keep It Simple, Keep It Natural
When it comes to backgrounds, less is definitely more. Choose simple, natural settings that won’t detract from your subjects. A clean, uncluttered background can work wonders. And be mindful of your bird’s coloring – you don’t want them to blend in with a dark or busy background.