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10 ways to get great photos of your dog

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Taking great photos of your dog

We all know the feeling.  THIS is going to be the moment that you take the greatest picture of your dog.  THE one that will wow all your friends and shoot them into Insta-stardom.  Only for your dog to run off in the opposite direction, or the opposite! (Thai has a habit of sticking her nose right up against the lens to see what’s going on) .. so frustrating right?  What is the saying? “Never work with children and animals”?  So, here are some ways to try and get your dog to work for you to get some great photos of your dog. 

10 tips to get great photos of your dog

Not everyone has specialist equipment to take photos, but with these tips you’ll be able to make the most of taking great photos of your dog, and most you’ll be able to achieve with your phone. 

 

1) Work with their personality 

What does your dog love to do most?   Are they lazy and love lounging around?  Catch them snoozing.  Do they know any tricks?  Capture it on a picture.  You are more likely to capture a great shot if you are working with your dog when they are doing what they love most! 
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Simba loves to pose
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And Thai? She loves to run!

2) Location, location, location!

Get them in a location where they feel comfortable and won’t be distracted.  There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to get your dog’s attention in the dog park when there are lots of other dogs running around to distract them.  Unless of course, you’re trying to capture them exploring with their friends.   Be aware of what’s showing in the background.   There’s nothing like a doggy poo-bin in the background to ruin a beautiful picture of your furry friend.

3) Get down to their level

To get a different perspective of your dog, get down to their level.  You’ll get a much more interesting photo if you’re at their height.  Or change the angle of the camera to mix things up a little. 

4) Take lots of photos .. and I mean LOTS!

Animals have a habit of not listening or doing the opposite to what you want them to do.   I often find that the best photo would have been seconds after I stopped taking the planned photo.   I now often use the “burst” function, and keep going for a few seconds after taking the initial picture.  That way you’re more likely to have at least one photo that looks great.   And thank goodness for modern photography – you can just delete any you don’t like! 

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5) Say Cheese! 

Get them running around before you get the camera out.  Or if you’re indoors, have a game of tug-of-war.   After getting some exercise they’re more likely to show you that great smile for the camera! 

6) Be creative

What toy do they like?  Do they like playing hide and seek?  Try out different things with them.  Or even just use the camera to get a different effect (close ups / zoom out), or change the settings to black/white for a completely different effect.  

7) Freeze!

Dogs can be fast and unpredictable.  The best way to capture them in the moment is by using a fast shutter speed.  If you’ve got an SLR, you’ll be able to shoot in manual mode and set a fast shutter speed if you feel confident to get the right setting.   Alternatively, if you’re shooting in auto mode, set the camera to the sports setting which will pick up the fastest shutter speed your camera allows.   Don’t forget to use the “burst” mode, allowing you to take multiple pictures and selecting the one that is right for you. 
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8) Light

Where at all possible, avoid using the flash.  Using the flash often gives your dog those creepy eyes and in some cases it could scare them.   I don’t like using the flash if I can at all help it (despite my camera regularly telling me otherwise – we often have our little disagreements! 🙂  The photos below were literally taken seconds apart in exactly the same conditions. 
You may need to experiment and see what works for you.  However in general, natural lighting works best. 

9) Keep it short 

Keep any photo shoots brief.  Your dog probably won’t want to sit still for hours on end, especially if you’ve taken them to the park for some photos.  If they’re willing, start off with some shots of them sitting still, before moving on to them having a run and capturing some action shots.  Or, if you’ve after that “smiley” shot, get them to have a brief run and finish off with a few pics of your dog sitting pretty. 

Bribe them .. 

Sorry, did I say bribe?  I meant reward them.   If your dog is being good and following your commands, don’t forget to give them a treat.  After all, they are giving up valuable “sniffing” time to please you.   Even if they get impatient, try not to get frustrated.  Being a model is not on their radar and they don’t understand what you’re trying to get them to do. 

Bonus tip – process your pictures.  

Now you don’t have to go all high-tech on this if you don’t want to.  But even using a Lightroom app on your phone can make an amazing difference!  Check out the “before and after” of Simba’s photos below.  Just by adjusting the lighting and making some of the colours “pop”, it makes the photo much brighter. 

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Do you love to take photos with your phone and want a way to get your dog to look into the camera?  Or are you after the perfect selfie with your dog? Either way, you need this in your life!  

It works with front and rear facing cameras to attract your dog’s attention allowing you to get the perfect photo of your pooch every time!

Check out further details HERE

 

 

 

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