Dog Pictures

Whether you are taking dog pictures for purposes of adoption or simply trying to capture a moment of your pet’s life to remember it for always, you want to know how to do it properly.

You might think that taking dog pictures is easy. Well, it is pretty easy in some aspects. But remember that you are dealing with a subject that is less than human (literally) so there are going to be issues peculiar only to dog photos, and we’re here to help you deal with them.

Below are some tips on how to take pictures of dogs:

Tip #1: Take Dog Pictures At The Pet’s Eye Level
The most common way of taking a dog picture is the photographer standing up with the canine looking up to him. Often, this method works, especially for puppy pictures. It enhances that “puppy dog” look that makes all dog lovers go ga-ga over them.

However, if you are, for instance, taking dog pictures in order to entice future dog adopters, then you might want to strive for accuracy than cuteness. This you can do by taking dog pictures at the dog’s eye level. That way, the potential adopter will have an idea on the actual size of the dog as well as his or her proportions.

Tip #2: Have The Sun Behind You
While it makes sense to take dog pictures indoors or in a studio where you have more control over the lighting and the props to use, taking your cute dog pictures outdoors can lend that “natural” look to your photos. The outdoors can also do some wonders to your subject as now he is free to move about with little confinement. Just remember to always have the sun behind you when taking dog pictures outside.

Tip #3: Use Treats
If this is not your first time at dog photography, then you may already experienced one of the difficulties of taking dog breed pictures – that is, to get your pet to look at the camera. We found that the best answer to this problem is TREATS. Anything will do – candies, his favorite toys, bones, etc. – as long as it will keep him from being distracted by noise, other animals and people.

Tip #4: Take Dog Pictures That Show The Entire Body
The best dog pictures are those that show the entire body of the animal. The only exception is if you are trying for a fine-art quality portrait of your dog. If not, then always strive for pictures where your dog’s whole body can be viewed.

Tip #5: Take Your Time
If there is one thing you need to know about dog pictures is that it takes a lot of photos to get only one good picture. That’s just how it goes. So take your time. Snap away. And after you’re done for the day, carefully sort through all your snapshots to find the one that you like the most.

Tip #6. If The Dog Is Not Yours, Try To Befriend It First.
A friend of yours might have heard of your prowess in taking dog pictures and asked you to take Buster’s picture. Now, Buster does not know you and may not respond too well with your commands of “sit,” “stay,” or “down” when taking his picture. So, it is therefore necessary for you to get comfortable with the dog first.

When meeting a dog for the first time, offer your hand first to let the dog sniff your scent. Make sure that your hand is bunched into a fist. It is much less threatening that way than when you offer your hand with the fingers extended.

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