Though dog photography requires no expensive equipments or camera, it is not easy. Getting your dog to sit pretty or pose for a portrait is quite demanding since dogs don’t take directions very well.
Regardless of the evident challenges, taking time to capture a near perfect moment with your dog in a great photograph, may turn out to be a time well spent.
Even if you are new to dog photography, a simple disposable camera and equipment will do just fine. It is important to be honest about what your intentions are. Taking photos of your dog is supposed to be fun for the both of you.
A digital camera may come in handy if you anticipate to take lots of flattering images all the while protecting your photographic eye.
You need to decide before hand what type of camera will work best for you and your dog. Consider using ISO 400 especially in low-light situations when photographing your dog. If you’re using traditional film camera, spend some time to think about film. ISO 200 is quite good for external shots on sunny days.
Since dogs are unpredictable and move around quite unpredictably, always be ready to go at any moment. Take advantage of spontaneous moments with your dog to take great shots. Dog Portraits
Ensure to have enough space in your digital camera memory card or have a roll of spare film nearby.
Charge your camera batteries fully and if possible, set the camera’s shutter speed to a minimum of 1/125th of a second, to help you capture any spontaneous moment.
Be prepared for anything, move quietly, and familiarize your dog with the camera to ensure they are comfortable and less distracted.
If you are an amateur photographer, try using natural light. To fix ‘Red eye’ in your dog portraits, turn off the camera’s flash or add some light to your chosen surrounding.
Dog photographs are also susceptible to ‘blue eye’ problem. Try removing the flash and place it out of direct line of your dog or, angle your dog’s gaze in a different direction, slightly away from the camera.
In case you can’t turn off the camera’s flash, cover it or a portion of it with a black tape. You can always correct image errors later.
No one knows your dog better than you do, so use this intimate knowledge to your advantage. Regardless of the style of photo you desire, pay lots of attention to your dog’s mood, ensuring they are comfortable and dictate the location of the photo session the first few times.
It is also worth your while to try and be a little sneaky and take photos of your dog when they are napping or relaxing. If your dog suddenly opens it’s eyes, try and capture the sudden expression.
You may also try holding out a treat or your dog’s favorite toy out of camera’s range to direct your dog’s gaze. Don’t forget to always give your dog a treat at the end of each photo session and turn each photo session into a game, for action shots. Most of all, be patient as this is a learning process for you and your dog. Pra