Dog Photography Tips

By Calia Roberts

Photography is an enjoyable way to capture the many adorable moments of our pets' lives. You don't have to hire a professional photographer to have high-quality pictures of your dog. Even if you have little or no background in photography, you can take compelling pictures of pets by following a few basic dog photography tips and techniques.

Natural Light

Generally, the best light to use when photographing your pet is natural light. If possible, take the dog outside for the photography session. If the dog will not cooperate outdoors, take the photos in a well-lit room near a large window.

Avoid using a flash, as this can alarm the dog, distort its shading and coloring, and will cause red-eye. Generally, you would use a flash only if the dog has a black coat. In that circumstance, the flash will be useful for highlighting the shading and texture of the coat. If you have to use the flash, diffuse the light using a diffuser or create your own diffuser by placing a piece of tissue or milky piece of plastic over the flash. (Just ensure that your DIY diffuser doesn't partially cover your lens!)

More is More

Without overtiring the dog, experiment with different angles, locations, and compositions. Take as many pictures as you can to increase your chances of capturing that one magical moment.

Macro Setting

The macro setting on a digital camera is useful for getting close to the subject and achieving a clear, defined image. In addition to full body shots, take advantage of your camera's macro setting and take close-up shots. The can result in stunning, expressive photos of your pet.

Get on Their Level

When taking a picture of your dog, always photograph the pet on its level unless you are aiming for a photo of the dog looking up at you. Do not attempt to make the dog come to you or stay in a certain pose. Instead, go to the pet and take the picture from its level.

Keep the Dog Comfortable

Cameras can be distracting for dogs and cause them to behave uncharacteristically. Until he gets accustomed to seeing you with the camera, there's a chance he might react strangely to it at first. Consider having a second person present to distract the dog while you are taking pictures.

Action Shots

Action shots are ideal for owners wanting to show off the athleticism and personality of their dog. When taking action shots, allow the dog to play in a natural manner. Think of action shots as high-quality candid photos; the naturalness of the shot generally makes for an interesting and individual photo.

Have Patience

Taking photos of your dog requires patience. With all the commotion, many dogs become excited and frisky. However, if you're willing to patiently wait it out, the dog will typically calm down and let you take photos.

By Calia Roberts

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About the Author
Calia Roberts is a professional writer specializing in health, fitness, parenting, small business and personal finance.