• Crystal

Tips for Photographing Dogs

I have been photographing and sharing pictures of my pets on Social Media since the start of Facebook. Some of the photos that I shared early on, while definitely portraying the love that I had for my pets were not, let's say, the best quality. However, over the years I have learned several easy tricks that have elevated the quality of my photos and I want to share these secrets with you today!

So, if you are ready to take better dog photos, keep reading.

Go from this...

Dogs dressed in Disney Tees

to this....

Dogs in Bandanas | Tips for Photographing Dogs

Tip #1 - Get On Your Pet's Level

It's so easy to snap a photo of your cute dog sitting on the ground when you are standing over them, but this can cause your pet to look disproportionate in a photo by making them look smaller. Give your dog better presence in a photo by kneeling down to their level. I often photograph my pets on the floor, so I also sit (or sometimes lay) on the floor so that my camera is at the same level as my dogs eyes. When you photograph your dog at their level, the entire focus of the picture will be on your pet giving your sweet dog better presence in the photo!

Dog in Tent | Tips for Photographing Dogs

If you can't sit or lay down on the floor, no worries! You can elevate your dog by putting them in a chair or on a table and then you can photograph them by sitting in a chair. The most important thing is to keep your camera level with your dog.

Dog in Chai | Tips for Photographing Dog

Tip #2- Follow the Rule of Thirds

Our natural tendency is to center our dog's face in the camera, but to add interest to a photo follow the rule of thirds instead. Break up a photo into 9 squares (3 rows, 3 columns). Then line up your dog in one of the "third" cross sections. By doing so you will add much more interest to your photo than one that constantly centers on your dogs face.

See how Bentley is located outside the center, but still very much the center of attention!

Photograph using the rule of thirds | Tips for photographing dogs

Tip #3 - Focus on the Eyes

Your dog's eyes tell a story, so make sure that their eyes are very clear in your photo. When photographing your dog, always focus on the eyes. A photo with clear eyes will convey more emotion than one where the dog's eyes are blurry.

Focus on Dog's Eyes | Tips for Photographing Dogs