As photographers, we are always looking to capture the important people…and creatures…in our lives.
And that definitely includes our dogs. They are our best friends, our constant companions and, certainly, part of our families.
But chances are, if you have ever tried capturing a photo of your favorite four-legged friend, you know that the task can be challenging! They’re fast moving and totally unpredictable. So getting a good photo of Fido can take some doing.
Here are a few quick tips to help.
Avoid Using Flash
If at all possible, avoid using flash because it can be harsh and unnerving and can startle your pet.
Instead, look to work in natural lighting by photographing outside on bright, overcast days or, inside, near an open window.
Get Down on Their Level
Add a personal, intimate and natural feel to your pet photos by getting down on their level.
Sit or lay on the floor and shoot from there. Shooting at their level can help you capture images of the word they live in.
Focus On The Eyes
With dogs, the eyes are more than just the window to the soul. When you are working with an animal, the eyes are the heart of their communication.
For that reason, a dog’s eyes should be as sharp and crisp as possible. To that end, consider shooting using a single focus point that allows you to pinpoint the area of focus within the frame of your image.
Take Advantage of the Quieter Moments
Take advantage of your pet’s quieter moments to capture glimpses of their personality and uniqueness.
Snap shots of them sleeping on a favorite pillow or couch, keeping guard in front of an open window or door, chewing on a much-loved toy or napping in a cherished shady spot on the front lawn.
Capture the Love
Our dogs are our best friends. Capture that love in your images, so that you can memorialize the wonderfully special place these sweet creates hold in our lives.
Snap photos of your pet’s interactions with family members and friends. Keep your camera at hand, and be patient. These moments are typically sporadic and spontaneous. But the result is heartwarming and worth every minute of the wait.
Watch Your Settings
Dogs seem to be in a constant state of motion. For that reason, you’ll want to use a fast shutter speed to avoid movement blur in your photos. Shutter speeds of 1/400sec and faster can work well when the dog is relatively calm, but you’ll probably need to push it to at least 1/1000sec when they are more active.
Balance the fast shutter speed with a large aperture. A wide, open aperture will allow more light in but also softens the image background, giving your photos a more artistic look.
If you are still having problem getting enough light for proper exposure, increase the ISO enough to allow you to shoot without using your flash.
Finally, consider shooting in burst/continuous shooting mode. Burst mode, which lets you hold the shutter button down as your camera continues shooting multiple shots, increases your chances of capturing the perfect shot.
For more great tips on capturing the perfect picture of your favorite pooch, check out the videos below.