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Tips For Getting Great Ferret Photos

Follow advice from some professional photographers on how to get good ferret portraits.

By Vickie McKimmey
Posted: October 10, 2011, 6:25 p.m. EDT

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Getting ferrets to stay still and look at the camera can require patience and some tricks.

If you ever attend an American Ferret Association ferret show you will see that the busiest people in the room are the show organizers and judges. The next busiest person in the room will be photographer Joe Hahn taking pictures of ferrets at the show.

I contacted Hahn to find out some tips (beyond good lighting and focus) for capturing great ferret portraits.

"The big thing I have noticed is shutter speed — the faster the better,” Hahn said. "That goes along with the lighting and focus you already mentioned. I use flash all the time with ferrets so I can have a fast shutter speed and small aperture so I have the best chance of getting a good shot.” 

Is there any way to get a ferret to sit still and look at the camera? Hahn said that luck is a big factor, but did have some tips to share. "Using something like a rattle or feather to distract the ferret will sometimes make the ferret freeze, and you must shoot a lot and quickly,” he said. He warned that using the ferret supplement FerreTone to distract the ferrets sometimes results in the ferrets getting "Tone-tongue” for the photos, which people don’t like. His wife Suzy handles the ferrets for him. "She seems to get them to do what she wants.” 

I also contacted Jeanne Carley for some technical pointers. Everyone knows Carley for her Jeanne Carley Ferret Calendar. She has shared all her photography secrets on her website. She advises that you learn the basics of lighting, use a flash when indoors, use accessories like a tripod, and take lots and lots of pictures!

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Posted: October 10, 2011, 6:25 p.m. EDT

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Thank you for the article. I have a lot problems of getting some good pictures of my two ferrets. They won't sit still! And that causes the photos to come out blurry. Hopefully these tips will help.
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