Dogs are the absolute best photographic models around. Taking dog pictures requires no demands, no arguing, they are ever so beautiful and if it’s your pet dog they are always around. You can hone your photographic skills by taking dog pictures.
Here’s some ways you can take better dog pictures that looks like it belongs on a calendar.
- Get to the level of the dog. You need to be on level with your pooch in order to get that good well proportioned shot. Some of my best shots are even lower shooting up at the head of my chocolate lab. He’s looking out at something and I caught that majestic expression that you see so often in sporting dog shots. He was at the top of some stairs and I was below shooting up at him.
- Always focus on the eyes for your dog pictures. Just like a fashion model you want the eyes of the dog to be in sharp focus. It will draw your attention to the eyes and the most emotional expressions will be framed there.
- Don’t get too close if your are shooting the face head on. Your dog pictures will wind up with a nose that’s bigger than the dog’s head. Too close produces proportional aberrations that make your dog into more of a caricature. Creatively you could be going for that funny dog picture but make sure you are doing it on purpose. A wide angle lens will make this even worse. I had a good all around photo of one of my labs at the beach that was juried out of competition because the tip of the nose was slightly larger proportionally.
- If you do want to get close shoot just an eye or just part of the face. This will give you some great creative pictures.
- Use panning to show movement. Panning is following your subject for a second or so before firing the shot. If your subject is running from right to left you pan the shot and will wind up with your dog running and sharp with a blurred background.
- Shoot your photographs in both portrait and landscape modes. Turn your camera 90 degrees and shoot some shots. You will get some much better framing this way. A sitting dog at the beach will look better with less space on sides and more above ( some sky and sea). Different dog breed pictures can be associated with the type of dog itself. A sporting dog sitting would look great in portrait while a bulldog might look better in landscape
- If you are raising a puppy shoot often. They grow real quick. You want to make sure you have lots of puppy pictures.
Just a few good tips to get some great looking dog pictures with your pal. Get outside and take some pictures of your dog.