10 tips for taking better photos of your dog

Who better than a pro photographer to give us some tips on how to take a pawsome shot of our four-legged pal.

06 Dec 2018 By Leanne Philpott Comments

Wondering how to take the best photo of your dog? Wonder no more…Ruth O'Leary from Ruthless Photos shares her top tips for taking photos of your pooch.

1. Make the camera your pet’s friend

Show your bark buddy that the camera is his friend not his foe by firing off some shots near the dog while doing something that it enjoys - stroking it, feeding it, playing with it, etc. Teach them from the off that the camera/phone is nothing to be afraid of.

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2. Bribery pays

No one likes to ‘work what they’ve got’ for free, so entice your dog with their favourite thing – be it a toy, treat, empty toilet roll, whatever works and keeps them interested in the job at hand.


3. Use noise to get their attention

While most pet owners will avoid buying super annoying squeaky toys, if you want to get your dog’s attention – they’re just the ticket. Most dogs will stop what they're doing and look at you when they hear that squeak. You might even be lucky enough to get a cute head-tilt.


4. Seeing eye to eye

Snapping shots from above can be a really effective way to photograph dogs (especially if you’re dangling a piece of salami off the top of your camera or phone!), but try getting down to their level sometimes to show the world from a dog's eye view.


5. Use soft natural light, not flash or harsh sunlight

Unless you know how to use off camera lighting I recommend that you avoid shooting with flash or in full sun. Your photos will be much more pleasing if you place your subject in soft natural light or open shade.

http://www.ruthlessphotos.com6. Focus on eyes - the eyes are the window to the soul after all!

Unless you're trying to get an artistic shot by focusing elsewhere, your photo will look best if the eyes are sharp.


7. Look out for background clutter

Things like washing lines and wheelie bins can ruin an otherwise great photo. Don't just focus on your beloved pooch, check what’s in the background and re-arrange or adjust your position. Another thing to look out for are trees and lamp-posts that appear to be growing out of your dog's head.


8. Take plenty of photos

Dogs have a mind of their own and unless you have a highly trained one you'll probably need to take several photos to get just one money shot. Be grateful you're shooting digital and not film!


9. Keep it fun

Even though a four-legged subject can be frustrating, especially when the go chasing after a bird — try not to get annoyed. Keep your cool, and reward often.

http://www.ruthlessphotos.com10. Play dress up

Dogs love to play so why not introduce some props like hats, scarf’s, toys and neckerchiefs. Even if you don’t get the perfect shot, you’ll have a whole heap of fun trying.


So what you waiting for? Go get snapping — and don't forget to have a laugh!


06 Dec 2018 By Leanne Philpott Comments

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