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How to Photograph Your Dog

Updated on August 26, 2011
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In these day's of digital photography it's easier than ever to catch a good shot of your pooch. There's no longer any need to worry about wasting film and expensive processing, as you can snap away to your heart's delight without much cost. The key is to take as many shots as you can at the highest resolution you can. This way you'll have a whole stack of pics to choose from and be able to zoom in and cut away the parts of the photo you don't need.


Pretty much any digital camera is good these days; even phone cameras give high resolution and are great for creating images for uploading to social networking sites or blogs. If you want to take action shots then you'll need something that you can set to a quick shutter speed (a sports setting) so that you don't end up with just a blur! Zoom lenses also help to hone in on your subject, but try and avoid the digital zoom, if at all possible, as this will reduce the resolution and give you a fuzzy image.


Getting your dog to sit still while pointing a camera at them is often a difficult task, but if you catch them unawares and maybe relaxing in a shady part of the park or garden you might be lucky. An alternative is to have your camera on a sports setting and call their name- they usually look at you and hesitate for a moment before they're off doing something else.

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Action shots

Photos that really capture the essence of doggyness are those taken outside while they're letting off some steam and playing with their pals. These pets really know how to let go and have a good time!

Hit the sports setting and snap away. If you have a continuous shooting option this is even better as there are more chances to snag a classic.

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Most of your framing can be easily done after the fact using simple editing software that is supplied with your camera or computer. Just crop and zoom. This is not something you need to worry about too much when taking the original photo. One tip for action shots though is to follow the movement of the action with your camera as you click; this way the stars of the show are less likely to run out of the shot before you snap.

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Image Editing

Software programs like photoshop can be used to make your pictures a little more interesting. There are other free options like Gimp that can also be used with just as good results. You can find many tutorials online that will help you master the basics and more intricate projects.

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Most of all, have fun with it and enjoy yourself :-)

Please pass along any of your own tips and tricks that others might find useful....

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      Catherine Simmons 5 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      Thanks Sue! I should add in some more pics!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Cat

      Belated congratulations on the hub of the day award.

      Very useful tips on how to take great pictures of our four legged friends.

      Love the pictures.

      Voted up and away

      Have a great week. :)

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      Catherine Simmons 6 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      Thanks for all your comments...sorry it took me so long to respond, I've been out of the loop for a while :-)

      Glad you found the tips useful!

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      Kenorv 6 years ago

      Great photos. The action shot is my favorite. Well done.

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      Teresa Coppens 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Fantastic hub. Lots of great tips. I have dogs, cats and horses. I'll be sure to try out your suggestions the next time I have my camera out. We also use our photos as artwork in the house. I'll have to check out Gimp and see if it provides some options for our next photo art project!

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      Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Congratulations on your hubnuggets nomination. These are beautiful pics of your dogs. I am inspired to keep trying.


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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      Congratulations on your nomination

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      Judy Specht 6 years ago from California

      Excellent suggestions. I especially like the idea about shooting actions photos. I have two boarder collies and stills usually aren't great.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Oh this hub is awesome!! I've been trying to figure out for ages how to get some really good shots of my dog that look natural - your wonderful hub has answered all my questions. Not only that but your photographs are beautifull!

      Bookmarked as a favourite + voted up!

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      From being Hub of the Day, moving on to your nomination on the Hubnuggets! Yay! Double fun and double the excitement. Please check it out now: Congratulations on your nomination!

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      SamCat7 6 years ago

      Lovely photos... much better than my efforts with my cats!

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great hub! Congrats.I love taking pics of my dog and cats. They're so photogenic--makes it fun!

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      Catherine Simmons 6 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      You're right rebekahELLE the dogs really do have a great time! No they're not all ours Jenna, just the springer spaniel and the black lab cross. The photos were taken early in the morning on a dog beach at a local lake that is reserved for dogs and their two-legged friends..

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      Jenna Estefan 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      These are really great pics! Are they all your dogs? Congrats, you deserve it.

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      rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

      What a fun hub! Love the tips and the photos are great! I love all of them, but especially The Chase. Those dogs look like they're having the time of their lives! Welcome to HP!

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      Andrew 6 years ago from Rep Boston MA

      Wonderful Hub! I love dogs and love taking pictures why didnt i ever think about taking pictures of dogs! I hope to see more of your photo-tips!


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      Catherine Simmons 6 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      Thanks for the extra tips Sehnonimo and DzyMsLizzy :-)

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      Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Welcome to Hub Pages, and congratulations on already getting a Hub of the Day award! Awesome job.

      Those are spectacular photos of your(?) dogs. You make a good point about following so the animal doesn't run out of the shot; a basic photo rule, even for stationary animals, is to leave space ahead of them, so they visually have "somewhere to go," and not have their muzzle up against the edge of the photo.

      I've written a couple of detailed hubs on getting good photos, myself, mostly focused on lighting, and the basics...full-on tutorials for beginners. You are obviously no beginner.

      I'd only add that not all digital cameras have a 'sports' setting. Mine certainly does not--it's a basic point-and-shoot with zoom and macro functions. I do think use of a tripod is important for keeping shots crisp...just leave the pan function loose when following action.

      Congratulations again! Voted up, useful, intersting and awesome!!

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      Sehnonimo 6 years ago from San Bruno, CA

      I love those action shots! Very awesome! It's so great to take pictures of pets, but so few people know how to do it right! Sometimes something as simple as getting down on one knee really adds to a shot! If I may add a few tips (I don't think I saw them, forgive me if they were there). Try not to shoot down a a pet - shoot at eye level. Also, if you have a camera that will focus on an area, like most digital cameras, be sure to get the eye in focus. If you have just the eyes in focus, you still have a picture! And lighting! Try for natural lighting! Open those windows when indoors!

      Great hub ;)

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      Hey, catsimmons. I am lucky that there is a shelter where I got Amy that would take her back and live out her life if I couldn't take care of her anymore. It would break my heart, but at least I know that she would be well taken care of until she died of old age. That's what I meant by my rather short answer to your question (sometimes my responses are rather long). I live alone as far as humans are concerned. So Amy is like a child to me. I call myself Cat Mummy.

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      lundmusik 6 years ago from Tucson AZ

      thanks for the pics and tips.. and congrats on being the hub of the day!!.... beautiful action shots and tips i'll implement with my own dogs

      I posted a pic of our new puppy in my first hub on puppy training,,,, check it out if you get a chance. We also have pugs aged 10 and 11, We rescued this adorable doxy/chihuahua mix (we call him a dahuahua) in the recognition that in the next few years our old dogs may leave us for that great PUG in the sky.

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      daisynicolas 6 years ago from Alaska

      Great pointers for me and my muse.

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      amazingchild 6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Gorgeous photos! Great advice for novice photographers as well. Thanks!

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      casshd 6 years ago from Hemel Hempstead, UK

      Fantastic photos, and advice. Thank you. I will have to up my game with my Hollydogblog. My dog, a 7 yr old rescued border collie (with maybe some black lab) is very photogenic. I just wish I was a better photographer. Your hub has inspired me to improve my pictures.

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      tiniewinne 6 years ago from world

      Its beautiful,I love dogs-they are real in your pics

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      Binaya.Ghimire 6 years ago

      I have photographed my mother's cat. Your hub is inspiring because I'm doing a hub on photographing a cat while she is nursing her kittens.

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      stephwazere 6 years ago from England

      Congratulations on hub of the day! :) Great pictures!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Congrats on Hub of the Day! It's a neat read with tips that can apply to other photographic subjects. Thanks!

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      rikabothra 6 years ago

      Great hub and amazing pictures... I love dogs, and I really loved the article and will try put it to use.

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      docbruin 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for your very informative page catsimmons. Beautiful photos and beautiful dogs! Great Hub!

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      Catherine Simmons 6 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      Thanks everyone. I feel very happy to be able to share this with you.

      Flora...for the record, I agree with you about the expensive diets for pets, one of our dogs has very sensitive skin (the springer spaniel) and the food she needs to eat costs twice as much as the regular feed, but she's one of the family and I could never see her suffer. (Plus she's the most loving huggle monster I know!)

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      Stu 6 years ago from Canada

      congrats on being selected hub of the day, some awesome advice for pet owners - my puppy won"t sit still for anything posed so it was helpful

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      Maria Cecilia 6 years ago from Philippines

      I love dogs and photography, in fact I almost have similar hub on this that I called dog photograph, only I concentrated on the types of poses that I observed with them. Yours is more professional looking.

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      nikashi_designs 6 years ago

      Perfect captures, love the photographs and your article. Being a dog owner myself and photographer I appreciate your well thought are hub. Welcome and enjoy.

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      Remy Francis 6 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Hey catsimmons. omg what lovely photos of these pets. I loved reading your hub. Thanks for sharing your tips. Congrats on your hub win for the day!

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      alvinalex 6 years ago

      Congratulation! Great Hub thanks to share.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

      Wonderful photos and fabulous hub, what a fantastic start on HubPages!

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Congrats on the hub of the day. This article is great and useful to me. I have a dog and I always wanted to catch him in action with my digital camera. It is difficult but now i will follow what you have written here to have wonderful photos of my dog Angus. Thanks for sharing.

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      funmontrealgirl 6 years ago from Montreal

      Awesome hub and congrats on being the hub of the day! I am going to try and get some good photos in of my pup this weekend.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      Congratulations on being chosen hub of the day. Apropos for your question on expensive diets, these dogs are worth it. They love you and love life. They are part of your family. I spent $860 saving my cat from a bad reaction to a rabies shot and I am behind now in all my bills. But when Amy is purring beside me I know she loves me unconditionally. It is worth going into debt for her.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Great advice, catsimmons! And welcome to HubPages- my gosh, you're already writing such awesome articles! I can't wait to see what you publish next.

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      Catherine Simmons 6 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      Thanks jaykatt, glad you like the pics! I hope you eventually get that lab :-)

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      jaykatt 6 years ago from Covina, California

      I love these pics! I'm a dog lover but can't have one now because I live in an apartment. Not that they are not allowed, most of my neighbors have dogs. But I don't feel apartment life is suitable for a dog, they need a yard to call their own! I appreciate the pics, and I'm working on that house...a nice lab would be awesome!


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