How to be a Professional Dog Photographer in 6 Simple Steps

Posted at 11:00 • Mar, 20.2019 • Chris Quinn • Pets


Sure, anyone can snap a photo with their cell phones. But, does your smartphone really rival a standard camcorder or digital camera, let alone a good one? Did you know the lighting will drastically affect your picture quality? Even before considering these things, how are you going to get your pup to pose, standing still, at all?

1. Get (& Hold) Your Dog’s Attention & Focus.

In order to catch your dog’s attention, become the most interesting thing around! Make yourself excitable, use high pitched, happy voices, move around if you have to. Try to limit distractions as much as possible, but you can help divert your dog’s attention by standing in between yourself and the distraction.

● To limit distractions, it could be a good idea to use a quiet setting, like the inside of a home, as opposed to a noisy & active dog park.

In the world of dog training, this is called the ‘Lure & Reward’ principle. Your dog’s nose will closely follow a treat (strong smelling training rewards are great) anywhere you go, kind of like a hook!

2. Convince your Pooch to Smile for the Camera!

A fantastic way to get your pup to grin is to exercise a bit before hand. Take your dog for a quick run/walk, or throw a short play session! Active dogs are usually happy dogs; you’ll see that relaxed doggy smile before long.

 

3. Always be Prepared with the Right Equipment!

When searching for equipment, there are countless different camera & lens types out there to choose from. For example, mirrorless cameras are more compact and easier to maneuver then DSLR cameras, allowing you to take your photographing almost anywhere!

Remember to do your research, and be sure to prepare yourself with the right tools for the occasion in order to obtain the best results possible!

 

Turn Your Memories Into a Cool Piece Of Art!



4. Pick the Best Environment for Your Camera Shoot!

When it comes to picking a shooting environment, you’ll have to consider what environment would be easiest to work with. Though you might want to shoot in a busy dog park with tons of pets in the background, it is probably going to be hard to keep your own pet calm. On the other hand, this will be much easier in a quiet setting!

If you want to use a simple backdrop, a simple piece of colorful cloth from your nearby store, or even a simple bed sheet, can work wonders and is all you will need! Blank white or single colored walls also work well, and can easily be edited with programs like Photoshop.

5. Alternate Your Camera Perspective with Several Views!

Snap plenty of pictures down from your dog’s level, experimenting with several angles for plenty of interesting views! In front, behind, above and below; leave nothing out. With several different photos, you’ll be able to highlight the absolute best your dog has to offer!

6. Don’t Neglect Your Shutter Speed!

Even without having to find the best location and worrying about eliminating distractions, it can seem all but impossible to get our dogs to sit still. All that movement can sure be challenging when it comes to photo shoots! Though faster shutter speeds help with movement, this can also limit the amount of light taken in through the lens.

 

In order to find your optimal balance, consider the lighting of your surrounding environment, the time of day, and the best locations for you! Though shooting indoors will help limit distractions and keep your pup calmer, this may severely limit your natural lighting.

Posted at 11:00 • Mar, 20.2019 • Chris Quinn • Pets


Sure, anyone can snap a photo with their cell phones. But, does your smartphone really rival a standard camcorder or digital camera, let alone a good one? Did you know the lighting will drastically affect your picture quality? Even before considering these things, how are you going to get your pup to pose, standing still, at all?

 

1. Get (& Hold) Your Dog’s Attention & Focus.

In order to catch your dog’s attention, become the most interesting thing around! Make yourself excitable, use high pitched, happy voices, move around if you have to. Try to limit distractions as much as possible, but you can help divert your dog’s attention by standing in between yourself and the distraction.

● To limit distractions, it could be a good idea to use a quiet setting, like the inside of a home, as opposed to a noisy & active dog park.

In the world of dog training, this is called the ‘Lure & Reward’ principle. Your dog’s nose will closely follow a treat (strong smelling training rewards are great) anywhere you go, kind of like a hook!

2. Convince your Pooch to Smile for the Camera!

A fantastic way to get your pup to grin is to exercise a bit before hand. Take your dog for a quick run/walk, or throw a short play session! Active dogs are usually happy dogs; you’ll see that relaxed doggy smile before long.

 

3. Always be Prepared with the Right Equipment!

When searching for equipment, there are countless different camera & lens types out there to choose from. For example, mirrorless cameras are more compact and easier to maneuver then DSLR cameras, allowing you to take your photographing almost anywhere!

Remember to do your research, and be sure to prepare yourself with the right tools for the occasion in order to obtain the best results possible!

 

Turn Your Memories Into a Cool Piece Of Art!

4. Pick the Best Environment for Your Camera Shoot!

When it comes to picking a shooting environment, you’ll have to consider what environment would be easiest to work with. Though you might want to shoot in a busy dog park with tons of pets in the background, it is probably going to be hard to keep your own pet calm. On the other hand, this will be much easier in a quiet setting!

If you want to use a simple backdrop, a simple piece of colorful cloth from your nearby store, or even a simple bed sheet, can work wonders and is all you will need! Blank white or single colored walls also work well, and can easily be edited with programs like Photoshop.

5. Alternate Your Camera Perspective with Several Views!

Snap plenty of pictures down from your dog’s level, experimenting with several angles for plenty of interesting views! In front, behind, above and below; leave nothing out. With several different photos, you’ll be able to highlight the absolute best your dog has to offer!

6. Don’t Neglect Your Shutter Speed!

Even without having to find the best location and worrying about eliminating distractions, it can seem all but impossible to get our dogs to sit still. All that movement can sure be challenging when it comes to photo shoots! Though faster shutter speeds help with movement, this can also limit the amount of light taken in through the lens.

 

In order to find your optimal balance, consider the lighting of your surrounding environment, the time of day, and the best locations for you! Though shooting indoors will help limit distractions and keep your pup calmer, this may severely limit your natural lighting.


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