Being a dog owner makes it impossible not to feel the urge to scream and shout joyfully about the animals in your home. When you meet people for the first time, they will almost certainly come up, and this will usually be the case when you’re meeting up with old friends, too. It’s very easy to be obsessed about the creatures you love. As a big part of this, it’s natural to want to take pictures of your furry-friends, but a lot of people struggle to get started. To help you out with this, this post will be acting as your dog picture guide, giving you everything you need to start taking professional looking snaps of your furry BFF.
On a side note, my German Shepherd, Hades, turned 1 this week! As a celebration of his glorious first year of life, enjoy some of my favorite photos from the past year along with this post. (No…I’m not crying, you are)
1.Be Comfortable With Your Gear
The camera you’re using will always make a huge difference to the quality of the images you’re able to produce. Nowadays, DSLR options are losing popularity, with smaller mirrorless examples taking the stage. Of course, though, if you’re not interested in having full control, there are loads of bridge and compact cameras out there which can do a good job. It will be worth using guides like Which.co.uk to give you an idea of the best options currently on the market. Cameras are always changing and improving, leaving old models to get cheaper and cheaper as time goes on. You do not need to spend an arm and a leg to get your hands on a good camera. When starting out, focus on finding what you are comfortable with and can afford.
2.Do Your Research
The hardware you’re using will only get you so far when it comes to taking great photos. Some learning may also have to be done if you want to move past the ranks of a beginner. There are loads of online courses and tools which can help you with this. Some will go through broad techniques and ideas, while others will teach you about wildlife and pet photography specifically. Additionally, using social media platforms like Instagram will make it a lot easier to find inspiration. Getting good at something like taking pictures will always take some practice, but it’s not impossible. Especially with photography, practice really does make perfect. With a little bit of dedication, you will be taking amazing photos of your pet in no time!
3.Prep Your Pooch
Of course, you should be focusing on your pet’s natural beauty, rather than what you can add to them to make them look more human. However, there are some preparation techniques that will help you accentuate everything you love about your pup. Websites like dogsbynina.com can provide you with loads of interesting collars and accessories for your pet which won’t make them feel uncomfortable. Along with this, you could also use some grooming tools to make sure that they are in good condition for the shoot. Focusing on these aspects will make your pooch look it’s best when it’s time to take some photos.
Anyone that has a dog knows that it can be very hard to keep it still. Even the slightest movement in a different direction can have it looking all over the place. That’s why I always bring treats and squeaky toys (aka distractions) with me when I know I am going to want to take pictures of my pup. Even when there is a lot going on around me, having distractions to use is a great way to get your dog to look at the camera and stay focused on you. Right as you are about to take the pictures, show your pup the treats or toy to grab its attention. If you are nice and quick, this is a great way to capture pictures of your dog looking right at the camera.
5.Don’t Always Force It
Sometimes the best thing to do when taking pictures of your pup is to just let your dog well, be a dog. Instead of forcing the dog to stay in position allow it to wander around a bit. The dog does not necessarily need to be looking at the camera to snap a great picture. Letting the dog have some freedom is a great way to capture more natural looking pictures of your pet. Be prepared to take many different photos when they are exploring as you never know which one will look good. Just like people, sometimes the best pictures are the ones that your pet doesn’t know are being taken.
Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the time you put into your dog photography. Being able to show your pet off correctly is a very important thing to a lot of animal owners, especially when they are very young. With the right tools and support, you can start to capture your friend all the time. Don’t just talk about how wonderful your pet is, have pictures to prove it! Not only will your pet photos look great in your house, they will be treasured lifelong memories of your dog.