Tips for Photographing Your Dog

31 May

These tips listed below were found on Digital Photography Shool’s website…

Summertime fetches fun adventures with your dog.  New places, old stomping grounds, or even to the park down the street; whichever place you go, memories are always made.  Capturing the moment with a picture is a great way to cherish the memory!  Pets fill their place in our hearts very quickly and we enjoy having their pictures framed on our desk or wall!  However, taking pictures of your furry friend is not always easy.  Pets, unlike humans, do not understand what we are trying to do and won’t just pose for the camera!  I will share with you some tips that I found that will help you get the most out of your photo session.

The first tip is to make sure and use natural light.  Lighting can make or break your photo.   If possible always use natural light when taking your pet’s picture.  Avoid flash, as flash burst can not only cause red-eye, but also frighten the animal.  Instead try to go outside or, if that is not possible, in a room well lit by a large window.

The second tip is to keep the eyes sharp.  Having sharp eyes is important in any kind of portrait photography.  As they say, “Eyes are the Window to the Soul” and your pet’s eye can be very expressive.  This being said, make sure to focus on your pet’s eyes and keep the tack sharp.

The third tip is to go to them.  It is very important that your pet feels comfortable and at ease, so instead of forcing him to come to you, go to him.  Most important is to get down to his level.  We all know how a dog looks when viewed from above; we see them like this every day.  Show us the way they see world!  Sit on the floor or lie on your belly and remember to shoot from HIS eye level or below.

Tip number four is to give value to their character.  You know your pet better than anyone else and a successful picture is one that conveys the character of its subject.  If you have a lazy cat, show him yawning, if your animal is of a playful type show him in action performing his favorite trick.

The fifth tip is to get up close and personal.  Put on that long lens and fill the frame with your pet’s face and fur, close up shots often make a beautiful animal portrait.

Tip number six is to surprise them.  One of the most difficult things is to let your pet hold still.  An easy trick is to let him play quietly and, once you have everything ready, let someone call for him or whistle.  This will surprise him and catch his attention and you will have a few seconds to capture him in a nice and alert posture!

The seventh tip is to schedule your photo session.  If you are longing for a formal pet portrait shot, try to schedule the photo session when your animal is somewhat sleepy or has just woken up.   It will be much easier to keep him still then.  If you want a more dynamic shot then pick up a time when your pet is energetic.  If he is sick it is better to just postpone it for another day.

Tip number eight is to be patient.  Pet photography requires a lot of patience.  No matter how excited your furry friend is, if you are patient enough, he will end up relaxing and you will have the opportunity to get a decent shot.

The ninth tip is to experiment!  Take your time and enjoy the session, try different approaches, angles and compositions.  Shoot a lot and you will have time to worry about the results later.

Now get out there and have fun shooting beautiful pictures of your beloved pooches!


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