Have you met my dog Shea? He’s has been photographed over 4700 times in the last year- I have my iPhone camera roll to prove it. Shea is also one of my most prolific guest bloggers. He’s currently gearing up to write his Halloween Parade review post, he’ll be attending Tompkins Square Park Dog Parade as his favorite Orange Is The New Black character at the end of this month. Can you guess which one? For now, he suggested we do a collaborative post on taking awesome shots of your own dog(s) while showing off some of his favorite pictures of himself from the last year. He’s still working on modesty.
5 Tips for Better Pet Pictures
1. Find a great light source.
A big window during a bright time of the day is my top choice, using a flash will definitely create red eye and will often scare dogs.
2. Find a minimal background so your pet is the star of the photo.
Clear a table away to reveal a blank wall or place them on the bed like I did here. You can also add a bow tie to make sure that everyone knows their star status.
3. Get your pets attention.
Holding a treat by the camera is Shea’s preferred method of paying attention. I hold a treat by the lens always, and I am prepared to give nearly unlimited treats for the desired attention. First step- learning to hold still & sit calmly in order to have a treat is very helpful. Shea is so perfeshional he learned to hold still AND count to 3 to get his treat. He’s very impressive. Other options are toys that squeak, or turning on your camera “beep” if it goes off just before taking a picture.
4. Take your dog outside and get down low.
Shea is happiest outside and if I get down low I see him from a completely different perspective. I’ll often use a burst mode on my camera or phone outdoors as well, since there is more action and less control.
5. Does your dog do any tricks?
Have someone else help you to get the tricks going while you snap away. We taught Shea to do a high five during the Mets game with my husband!
Fancy Camera Not Necessary
These pictures were taken with a combination of a digital SLR, iPhone, and Lumix point and shoot. You don’t need a fancy camera to make pictures you’ll cherish of your pet. Start by committing to take better pictures and following 1 or 2 of these tips, and you’ll have frame worthy images in no time. Any questions? Feel free to ask me in the comments below. Shea or I will get back to you right away!