Are you the type of dog owner that sees those breed books full of professional doggy photos and think to yourself, ‘yeah my dog looks just as good. I could capture that.’
Your sure can, it’s just a matter of getting a few things right (we’ll leave out all the photography jargon and cover the basics.)
If you’re looking for an action shot, for example, it’s best to capture the photo early in the day before you and your pup hit the trail for a long hike.
Turn off the flash
Getting a good shot of your dog is best done with natural sunlight. Typically, if you shoot in the early morning, evening, or in the shade of a bright day, your photos will turn out the way you’d like them to. If you are shooting indoor, you’ll likely need the flash. In this circumstance, try to shoot the photo slightly upward so that the flash bounces off the ceiling and not off your dog.
Move like your dog
No, you don’t need to get down on all fours; what we mean here is the best photos of your dog will come from down on their level. So, scrunch down to where your pup is and snap away!
Let your dog adjust to the camera
Your dog will likely want to sniff the camera you just brought out, and you should let them get to know it before you start your shoot. Once they’ve adjusted to the camera and have gone about their business, you’re ready to begin.
What’s in the background?
This is an important question, as you want your dog to stand out. Beaches, grassy fields and dense tree lines are great backgrounds to consider when planning your dog’s photo shoot, just be sure you don’t have, say, a tree branch seemingly sprouting from your dog’s behind. Also, color is an important thing to consider. Avoid black backgrounds if you have a black dog, brown backgrounds if your have a brown dog etc. As a rule of thumb, have your dog at least a dozen feet in front of the background you’ve chosen.
Have plenty on hand during your photo shoot. Need we say more?
Be creative and take lots of pictures!
The more photos you take, the better chance you’ll have of producing a winner, and you’ll want to get creative. Again, get close up to your dog so that he or she takes up the whole picture. Move around to snap all sorts of different angles, tell your pup he or she is doing a great job to excite them; the energy will transfer into the photos. It’s likely that the more spontaneous you are, the better your photos will come out!
These are just some suggestions for your dog’s close-up. Can you offer others? Better yet, share photos you’ve taken of your dog with us on our Facebook page!
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