Dog Care 101 Tip #188: Dog Photography Tips

We know your dog has tons of personality. Sometimes they’re funny, sometimes sweet and others just plain human-like. But how do you capture these moments? can help you get photo-ready for your dog’s next picture-perfect moment.

Things You’ll Need
Camera: Most any camera will do. A small digital camera or even your phone is just fine! Remember to always have it close by so you don’t miss a moment!

Treats: Any treats will do! Small beef treats like our Beef Bon Bons are perfect for gaining attention and rewarding good poses!

Patience: Getting the absolute best shot of your dog is going to take time. Make sure you set aside a good amount of time to dedicate to photographing your dog.

Natural Light: Using natural light from a window or from outside is always better than the flash function on your camera. By using natural light you avoid alien-like “red eye,” and washed out or distorted colors.

Tips & Tricks
1. Perspective: Too many dog photos are taken from the perspective of simply standing up looking down to the dog.  Make your photos more interesting by changing your point of view. By standing on a chair, getting down on your pet’s level or just by kneeling instead of standing, you are changing your perspective and creating a more engaging photo.

2. Variety & Quantity: Photographing from many different perspectives and taking lots of photos will ensure you get a great shot. Not every photo is going to be a winner, so just keep shooting.

3. Do Your Research: If you don’t know where to start, search the web for good dog photography ideas. Try to recreate these shots and you could wind up with something really great!  

4. Natural Environment: Photographing your dog in your own home or in your backyard is a great idea because your dog is much more likely to be relaxed and comfortable in these spaces. Some of the most adorable dog photos are when a dog is sleeping or being playful in a yard.

5. Go To Your Pet: Orienting yourself around your dog’s actions will be much more natural for your dog rather than you placing your dog in a particular place. After all, you want to capture your pet’s usual self, not a pet who is stressed or amped up.

6. Comfortable: The idea of props and dressing your pet up can be really fun. If your dog is comfortable with these things, by all means, use them. However, if your dog isn’t keen on the idea of a tutu or new and strange objects, just use your dog as the photo’s subject. We’re sure your dog is cute enough by itself.

7. Focal Point & Content: All photographs need a focal point and good, clear content. If your dog’s head is turned, or it’s hard to tell what the photograph is, most likely, the photo isn’t the best. Eyes are always a great place to start. Make sure your dog’s eyes are easily seen and clear. For example, if you take a photo of your dog chewing a bully stick and their head is turned away from the camera, what’s the focal point? A mass of fur? Making sure your dog’s eyes are on you when you snap the photo gives it meaning.

With these simple dog photography tips, your pet’s personality and character is sure to shine through! Now that you’re photo-ready, use your pet’s great new shots as gifts or even as your Holiday card! 

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