We all know those people who take faster photos of their dogs than of their partner. And that's totally fine! But your always struggeling photographing your dog ? Or your dog never wants to look into your camera ? Than let me help you with these problems as a photographer. I started photographing 10 years ago. I photograph everything around me like weddings, dogs, nature, macro and travels. But for I'm going to start revealing some tips and tricks, I wanne talk about my equipment I use.
I work with a canon EOS 6D and a 24-77mm lens.
Why I choose for this lens? Fondly known as the “walk around lens” by professionals and hobbyists alike, the 24-70mm lens is the staple of any photography kit! A lens that offers diversity and functionality, its range makes the 24-70mm lens a remarkable companion for a vast array of photo shoots. From wide captures to close-up portraits, and everything in between, this lens is one that many photographers jump for immediately. The focal range of the 24-70mm lens is greatly inspired by the human eye. As such, this lens allows brand new photographers to learn with more ease than some other types of lenses due to its lack of distortion. The versatility allows you to pack just this one lens when you go gallivanting across the world on vacations or destination shoots, an ideal prospect in and of itself. The 24-70mm lens is also a favorite of wedding photographers, as it allows them to capture precious moments without lapsing to change out gear. As previously touched upon, the focal range also covers the significant focal lengths in the photography world, such as the 50mm and the 70mm. So for my opinion is this lens perfect for my dog photography. Every photo you can find on this website is made with this lens. But I will happily show you some photos of my dog I made with this lens.
Now I explained you what I'm using to photograph, let's talk about my Tips for you that can help you make better photos!.
Learn your dog to love the camera. A camera can be something terrefing if they are not used to it. This is something you can easly learn! Take your dog to a calm place and sit before your dog with your camera. Just put your camera on the ground and let the dog sniff it out! Everythime your dogs touch it or comes closer to it, reward !!! If this goes well, you can press the shutter butten so your dog can learn the sound of it! And don't forget to reward them!
Once you can start photographing your dog it's important to stay positive! Animals are tuff to photograph, because they contantly move. Plus, your dog can not always understand what you want. (your dog can't see in your mind how you want the photo), so it's important to be patience and help your dog to hold a pose that you want! But make sure you only ask poses or tricks your dog knows! Don't start photographing poses your dog doesn't know. Trust me. you both will get frustrated and thats never good.
Try to attract attention of your dog with a beeping or high-pitched noise that you make. Just make sure they don't come jumping on you to start playing. Keep the noises short. Know dogs can be distracted verry easly, so reward your dog between a few poses so they keep their attention to you. If photographing your dog is to hard to do it alone, work with a partner. But choose someone your dog knows!
Use attributes to achieve different expressions. Like a toy for action shots, or for cats it can be a toystick with feathers on for example.
Try out different perspectives. Go high or go low with your camera! Choose different photographing angles. And don't always let your dog look straight into the camera, but take pictures of where your dog is looking at. See what attracts their attention and try to capture that!
When you go photographing outdoors, use the natural lights! The lovely sunshine between the trees can make your photo come up more than when you use indoor lighting. Use natural equipment to change your dogs pose. Let them pose on a tree trunk or standing on a puddle for some reflections. Try to be as much creative as possible!
Here are some different poses you can ask of your dog. The more tricks your dog knows, the more variety you can ask them! And try to use clothing on your dog like I use bandanas.
I'll hope I could help you out with these few tips so you can start improving your skills about dog photography! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me! We would love to see your photos. You can always share them on instagram and tagg us @Meeko_thesheltie.