Thursday, August 13, 2009

5 tips to help you get better photo's of your dog.

Getting your energetic & easily distracted pup to sit still & smile for the camera can be a challenge. Here are some tips to taking a good photos that will capture your photogenic pup “paw-sonality”.

1. Dog Eyes View- It's important to stoop to your dogs level, literally. Lay on the floor or grass to get that perfect shot. If need be you can prop your dog up on a chair or table to get eye level.

2. Location, Location- Taking your photo shot outside really helps to enhance your dog’s features. The sunlight really shows off your dogs coat, which works perfect for dogs with darker coats. If you decide to take your photo shot inside of your pup a drawn shade is helpful. Don’t be afraid to take close up mug shots and while outside get your dogs in action enjoying the scenery.

3. Squirrels!- If you are shooting outside make sure trees, squirrels, poles & other distractions are not in the frame.

4. Be Creative with your shots, remember that although your dog may be the center of your world he or she does not have to be in the center of the shot. Taking photos of your dog off center adds interest and different perspective.

5. Hey! Over here!- Getting your dogs attention can be quite a task. If you want your dog to tilt it head, ears or make a funny impression.

Oh! Don't forget to have fun!

This list is by no means complete, so we want your help. Leave a comment below with your tips to take better photo's of your dog.

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Shauna (Fido and Wino) said...

Those are great tips! I've found that it is easier to get decent shots after they are exercised as well... When they are calm they are a bit easier to handle.

Robyn McCarthy said...

When we were originally taking photos for Chacuer's website, we used a very long "extendo-leash" so that the photographer's "assistant" could get him in position and then back quickly out of the photo while still keeping him on leash. Then, if desired, we could Photoshop the thin leash cord out of the photo. We got a great photo of him sitting "by himself" wearing a coonskin cap in front of The Alamo that way. (Before hours so there were no other people in the way -- and with the ranger on duty laughing hs head off as he watched.)