Simple Dog Photo Tips

Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness? — Jonathan Safran Foer Dog photography is one of the most fun yet challenging endeavors one can take part in as a dog lover. While I wouldn’t call myself an expert or a professional, I’ve learned some tips and tricks along the way that may help you in your dog photography endeavors, regardless of whether you’re looking to just take some snapshots with your phone, or you’re trying to learn how to take more professional looking photos with your DSLR camera. Tip #1: Have Patience I list this one first because I think it is the most important. You can’t tell a dog to pose or smile, and even if the dog is trained well, their behavior is not always controllable or predictable. Sometimes you just need to set up the shot and wait. And wait. And wait. Sometimes they’ll never do anything photogenic no matter how hard you try or how long you wait and you may have to try again later. Other times they’ll suddenly do something cute, and if you play your cards right, you’ll already be lined up and ready to take the picture. Tip #2: Take Lots of Photos This goes along with tip #1. Because their behavior is not predictable, and more often than not they don’t understand the concept of posing, one of the best ways you can increase your odds of getting a great photo is by taking a ton of pictures. At an adoption event 3-4 hours long, I will often take 250-300 photos. My memory card can...