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Dog Photography, the secret is timing and patience

Updated on January 1, 2011

Starring Mario Peso and Pissie Marie

My Dogs as my models

I love photography and my dogs are one of those that I consider my favorite models or subject. I update their photos from time to time because I usually attached those in my articles when I submit to a pet magazine. I am also active in at least two dog forums where I post my dogs' pictures. I post thier latest photos at Facebook regularly so that friends can see how cute they are as they grow old gracefully.

Since then it became a challenge to me to capture my dogs moments... though I don't do it as often as I want to, I make sure that when we are in the pictorial modes, dogs are happy and playful.

Acton shots

What is Action shots in dogs Photography

Action shots means taking photos of your subjects while playing. For the Dogs this is very comfortable because they are not required to sit as told by thier humans. They are not even told to play.... it's the photographer who is going to adjust to them. If using a Digicam, set your camera into continued shots so you can easily take photos one after another, and to capture the playful moments.

Glamour shots

Secrets of Glamour shots

In this type of shots, dog are required to wear cute or casual dog clothes. It can also mean a dog wearing Hat that matches his harness or shirts., Aside from wearing dog accessories, it's the photographer's role to capture that glamorous look and pose of the dogs. so timing and quickness of hands or fingers to click the camera portrays a big role here

Look at the Camera shots

How to make them look at the Camera

Depending on the dogs' mood sometimes, to make them look at the camera is a bit tricky and hard. The one taking the shots must have enough patience, to call their names. If you are talking about one dog, it's easier to make him look at the camera, but if you want two dogs to look at the camera at the same time, I guess that requires harmony and attachment between the dogs and the photographer....

Good Dogs Shots

Behave dogs Shots

This is harder than make them look at the camera, though in this shot, you will not really require them to look at the camera but at least, let them stay together. Again to do this with one dog is easier.  But then as their Human, dogs will look up to you and soon you can make them at least sit together, just be quick in clicking the camera, dogs are impatient models too.

The best shot

The best time to take photos of them

The best time to take photos of dogs is when they are sleeping. The cuteness is natural and very innocent. Just be careful with your movements because you can easily wake them up with one single noise.

Tips, Suggestions and Technique

Dog photography is easier with human and dogs that have a good rapport to one another. Meaning the dogs are so comfortable with their humans and humans know very well the behavior of his furbabies.

Dog photography requires patience because our models here are dogs not professional human models that can understand all our instructions. We humans are to adapt to what our dogs are capable of doing.

You can use treats or toys to keep them looking at you. Reward them with treats and don't ever make them feel that picture taking is such a pressure. Let them feel that you are just playing with them.

If you think you are the one running out of patience, it means photo session must be stopped and must be continued on another day when you already load yourself with too much patience.

Always remember that forcing a dog to do something is not good and not an effective way to let them learn. I mean,I can always show my dogs photos to every one with confidence that I never threatened my dog just for one good photo.

Notice to readers

My apologies for not stating that, I am not a professional photographer that photography is just a hobby and I just find it nice to share with fellow hubbers about what I observed when I took photos of my pets.... I Think it's good to see them behaving well in front of the camera, and I am not teaching technicalities here, I am only sharing, as the title said it, the technique here is patience and timing......and what I am trying to teach is how to make your pets pose in a camera without their human forcing them to do it. sorry for not making it clear here.

Apologies to those who were not please with the photos, but it's not the quality of the pictures that I want to show here but my dogs when they are in front of the camera...and obviously, this hub is under the pets and animals topic and  not Photography....


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      Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

      Why naman LOL, anyway thanks for visiting

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      sakanami cruz 5 years ago

      regret ko lang late ko na kayong nakilala.

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      Maria Cecilia 6 years ago from Philippines

      Shibake finally hahahah, so you see this one looks serious but the truth is we actually are the ones adjusting to them so they can come out good though not perfect in a picture... so you finally met my other dog? dog photographs with 3d fantsy? comne on make a hub on it? you think I can learn it too? I am interested really.....thanks for Visiting, by the way did I mention to you that your breed dog is one of my dream dogs? they are just adorable

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      shibashake 6 years ago

      Hahaha - awesome photos! I especially like the first picture, all the fashion shots, and the rolled over sleeping one.

      Yeah the action shots are usually the most difficult. As you say, it is easiest to take a sequence of continuous shots because it is difficult to time and frame.

      My latest thing is to compose my dog photographs with 3d fantasy backgrounds. It is a whole lot of fun!

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      DjBryle 7 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      hahaha! It's okay miss Macel. I wanted to comment on this the time it was published but time did not give me enough chance... lol! hey, you don't need to be apologetic if some people are not pleased with the pics... why would they even spend time on it if they truly find these tips insensible? Truly, actions speaks louder than words ;) Merely looking and leaving comments are other people's unconscious way of saying that they apend their precious time for your hub... hihihi! Cheers! =)

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      Maria Cecilia 7 years ago from Philippines

      Jen hahaha thanks for visiting, sometimes I am really like a child reporting to someone younger than her hahahah. I really appreciate your words

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      DjBryle 7 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      Hey, miss Macel, this hub is so helpful. One may be so expert about photography and its technicalities but your tips on how to deal and communicate with your dogs to cooperate during their picture taking is really very useful. Not all expert photographers can do that! hehe... Thanks for sharing such an awesome and useful hub. Voted up too! Cheers! =)

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      Maria Cecilia 7 years ago from Philippines

      Lady E thanks so much...

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Very interesting and thanks for the Tips. Your Dogs are so cute.