Frustrated with the photos you are taking of your dog and would like to improve your photography skills? In Part 1 of Dog Photo Tips I covered 5 pointers on how best to capture your dog in action. Here’s the second part of 10 tips on photographing dogs, particularly very active dogs.……
6. Shoot. Shoot. And continue shooting. Don’t be happy with just one shot. Take a few. Active Dogs move around a lot. Sometimes the photo can look better when the dog’s looking off into the distance. Sometimes it’s nice to have the dog focused on you. Often you don’t see that till you’re looking back over the shots choosing your favourite.
7. Capture the action. Panning or using high shutter speeds can enhance the motion of an active dog. If you’re using an SLR try out the ‘sports’ mode. Great for freezing fast shots of your dog running, leaping or just shaking themselves after a dip. If you want to try doing it independently (using an SLR) put the shutter speed on high and set focus on ‘continuous automatic’ or ‘servo’ so the camera will keep focusing on your moving subject. With hand-held mobiles try panning – moving your camera at the same speed as your dog. I’m lucky on the bike as my camera pans automatically as my dog runs beside me, it blurs the background and gives the scene a bit of flavour.
8. Fill your frame. Either with your dog or the scenery you are enjoying. The dog should fill the frame by at least ¾’s or try placing them next to some spectacular setting or backdrop. Help give it that WoW factor by featuring your dog in a strategic position in the frame.
9. Use filters. Filters help increase the WoW factor of your shot. Download some popular photography apps or get proficient on Instagram. Play around with your shots and add some more light, contrast, boost the colour saturation, even create an aged effect – it all helps to create the mood and make a photo stand out.
10. Invite some friends. Is you dog too focused on you when you pick up the camera? Or does your dog completely ignore you? Try a doggy play date with others. Dogs at play will give you plenty of opportunity to capture some great shots. Just be prepared to take the odd knock in the process and watch out for sand and dirt/water particles – great for the shot but not so good for your camera.
And finally, remember to mix it up. These pointers are not steadfast rules. They are only tips to help you on your way. The only way to learn is to get out there with your dog and start experimenting. Either way you’ll both have lots of fun in the process……
How do you rate your dog photos? Are you good at capturing the spirit of adventure? Any tips you would like to add?
This post is also part of the Fit Dog Friday Blog hop.