Home Photography Ideas: Get great photos of your dog!

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Many people around the world are self-isolating or staying at home at the behest of the government. And while you won’t be able to snap the wildlife photos you’ve been dreaming of now that the spring weather is looming, chances are you’ll have your own little furry beast to photograph.

Your dog will no doubt love that you’re so much around the house right now, so why not give your pooch a little more fuss and make them the subject of some great pet pictures! So how do you go about it?

First, the post. Holding the camera at eye level is such a natural posture that you start to take it for granted. However, if you take a photo of your pet in a normal standing position, the result will be a boring, unimaginative image where your pet looks small and insignificant. Instead, you should get down to your pet’s level, even if that means lying down with your camera practically on the ground.

This simple step makes a huge difference: now you’re filming your pet from their own eye level and seeing the world from the animal’s perspective rather than a human’s. If you have to shoot through tall grass or flowers, so much the better – if you choose your position carefully and use a wide lens aperture to defocus the foreground and background, it can create the effect of rather nice frame.

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You should also experiment with the focal length. A wide-angle lens used for close-ups can produce a striking view of the world, while a telephoto lens produces a more pleasing perspective and helps you eliminate unwanted backgrounds and isolate your subject more effectively.

Above all, look for a good setting. It’s all too easy to focus so much on your subject that you overlook the surroundings, but those are an essential part of the picture. Don’t just follow your pet around trying to take your photos – choose where you want to take the photo, then prompt your pet to pose in your chosen spot. It can be useful to have a volunteer assistant for this part!

Finally, all the techniques that work well for human portraits – lighting, focal length, focus on the eyes, direction of gaze – can be applied to wildlife photography. When it comes to the principles of photography, animals are people too!

Depending on your abilities and experience – and also on the behavior of your four-legged friend! – you can use a dedicated portrait lens to achieve excellent subject separation, shallow depth of field and minimal distortion. However, if you have an exuberant pup – or just want more versatility – you’d do well to use a standard zoom so you can react and adapt. Chances are your dog won’t stay and pose if you need to back up!

01 Level

You should get to your pet’s eye level, even if that means lying on the floor. This produces a much more interesting shot and the side effect is that you engage much more with your pet. It’s something unusual from their perspective, so you’re sure to get their attention.

02 Eye Level Portraits

It’s amazing that something so simple can make such a difference. Now that your pet is shown at its correct size in its environment and you see it at eye level, rather than from above. Using your kit zoom at its widest focal length can also produce an interesting perspective.

03. A Longer View

Shallow depth of field effects, where the foreground and background are blurred, can work well, especially if you have a telephoto or superzoom lens. First, set the camera to Aperture Priority mode, then set the lens to its maximum zoom and widest lens aperture.

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04 Location, location

Take the time to look for a good frame. The long grass in this example is ideal because there is no clutter in the background and the large lens aperture blurs the background and foreground. These simple tips can paint a timeless portrait of your pet.

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