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Basic Dog Photography: 5 Easy Dog Photo Tips for Beginners - Take Better Photos of Your Dog Now

Updated on January 4, 2013
Shoot from your dog's level
Shoot from your dog's level | Source

If you're interested in dog photography, or just looking to take better photos of your own pooch - here are some useful dog photo tips to get you started.

1. Get down to your dog’s level – This is probably the most common mistake in dog photography.

Don’t just shoot from a standing position looking down at your dog: be prepared to get down on the ground for the most impressive dog photos - and simply wipe away the dog slobber from the lens and throw your trousers in the washing machine when you get back home.

Take hundreds of photos and throw away the blurry ones, the ones with slobber on the lens and the ones where the dog ran out of frame!
Take hundreds of photos and throw away the blurry ones, the ones with slobber on the lens and the ones where the dog ran out of frame! | Source

2. When taking your photos don't forget to look at the background too. A small change of camera position can make a huge difference! Watch out for distracting trees growing out of your dog's head, or distracting clutter. Attention to small details can make a huge difference to the finished photo! Experiment with different coloured backgrounds and see what makes your dog's colour 'pop'.

3. Take lots and lots of photos! The old saying “film is cheap” is truer than ever in this digital age. You’ve already paid for the camera and you can snap away to your heart’s content, so don’t be stingy – just snap away.

The more photos you take, the more you’ll get a feel for what you’re doing and what works best for you and your dog.


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A relaxed dog is more likely to co-operate so take him out for a nice long walk before your photo shoot.
A relaxed dog is more likely to co-operate so take him out for a nice long walk before your photo shoot. | Source

4. If you’re looking to take a classic ‘portrait’ of your dog but find it difficult to get him to sit still just take him out for a good walk first, or throw a ball and let him run off some steam (also great for action shots!). When your dog feels relaxed they’re much more likely to settle.

5. Be patient! Don’t expect great results right away, but keep shooting away and you’re sure to get some great captures that you can treasure forever.

Good luck!

Photograph your dog from his level, doing what he loves the most - in this case searching for a favourite toy
Photograph your dog from his level, doing what he loves the most - in this case searching for a favourite toy | Source
Try and capture your pets in their natural environment
Try and capture your pets in their natural environment | Source

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    • Linda Bliss profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Liebrand 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you! You might like this hub I wrote about cat photography even more :-) http://linda-bliss.hubpages.com/hub/10-tips-for-ta...

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      6 years ago from the short journey

      Really good tips--can I have permission to use some for my little cat? :) Thanks for sharing these ideas. I am hoping to make good use of my camera this coming year.

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