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Top 10 tips for taking photos of your pet – Chelsea Dogs Blog

Top 10 tips for taking photos of your pet

by Amy Cooper
Running dogs

In this post I will be sharing my top ten tips on how to take great photos of your pet!

1. Use a bribe

Dog eating a treat
Photo taken by – Amy Cooper

This could be food or toys. Whatever your pet likes more! You can then use the bribe to get your pet to look at the camera or to get them to pose. 

2. Use a fast shutter speed

Dog playing in stream
Photo taken by – Amy Cooper

If you have a camera this might be done by using the sports more or manually changing shutter speed. But a good trick to use if you are taking photos with a phone is to use the burst feature. This means you are a lot more likely to get a nice crisp photo.

3. Take LOTS of photos

Dog sticking its head in stream
Photo taken by – Amy Cooper

When I say lots, I mean it! To get a single really good pet shot you may need to take 50+ photos. This is because your pet is probably going to be moving and doesn’t understand what you are doing. 

4. Take photos of your pet doing something they enjoy

Dog asking for ball to be thrown
Photo taken by – Amy Cooper

By taking photos of your pet doing something they enjoy you will capture a lot more character. Also, if your pet is doing something they enjoy they will be less distracted by what you’re doing.

5. Add light

Dog stood on tree roots
Photo taken by – Amy Cooper

If you’re taking photos of your pet inside, try to add light. The easiest way to do this is with a flash. The extra light will show of and highlight your pets features. If you want to take photos outside, try to pick a bright but slightly cloudy day or the golden hour. Especially if you are taking photos on your phone. 

6. Try different perspectives

Dog with snow in its beard
Photo taken by – Amy Cooper

Maybe get down to your pets eyelevel for a more intimate photo with a lot of depth. Or get down lower than them to make them look tall. Just play around with perspectives and make sure you try more than one when taking photos of your pet.

7. Get some inspiration

Dog reflection in puddle
Photo taken by – Amy Cooper

Sometimes it can be difficult to think of different ways to photograph your pet. So, make the most of the internet! Look for photos of your type of pet to see what other people are doing. Then instead of copying someone else’s idea put your own personal twist on it.

8. Make sure you focus on the right place

Dog in forest
Photo taken by – Amy Cooper

A photo can change completely depending on the focus point. Especially with pet photography! For example, focusing on your dogs eyes will create a much more emotive photo. Whereas, focusing on their whole head will be a lot more expressive. 

9. Remove clutter from the shot

Panting dog
Photo taken by – Amy Cooper

This will help make your pet the main focus of the image. It also creates a much more aesthetically pleasing photo.

10. Make sure your pet enjoys their photoshoot

Dreaming dog
Photo taken by – Amy Cooper

This is super important. If your pet hates every second of having their photo taken you will be able to tell! You don’t want your pet to look unhappy in the photos. You want their personality to shine through for a great photo.

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