Photographing Pet Dogs
Try as one might, one cannot ignore the simple charm and innocence of animals. This is especially so when you have had a long relationship with your pet. What better way to chronicle all the good, happy and fun times that you and your pet have had together, than to preserve them in photographs?
Happy Pets make a Good Photograph
You have known your pet dog long enough to know when he is the most active. Use this to schedule a time where you can photograph your pet in his element. Make sure your pet is well rested and fed, so he does not get moody during the shoot. A happy dog makes for a good photo opportunity!
You can take your dog to a location where he is most comfortable and let him settle in the surroundings. Engage him in his favourite activity, so that he is relaxed and in a great mood. The familiarity of the place will let your dog be calm and happy, and in return give you lot of opportunities to shoot with.
Patience is a Virtue
You may already know that dogs are not the best at taking directions while taking photographs. While photographing any animal, patience is your best friend. Engage your dog in his favourite activity, observe him and begin shooting. Do not force your pet to do something that he does not want to—you will end up with a grumpy dog, and no photographs.
Special Camera Modes
These days, you can use the settings and Scene modes specifically meant for shooting pets that are available in most compact cameras. In your DSLRs, you may use the Sports settings to freeze your pet’s movements. To capture each second of your pet in action, choose a high ISO value to get a fast shutterspeed and shoot in the Burst mode. Get down to your pet’s level and utilise tight frames to compose your shot and get the perfect pet photograph.
This article originally appeared in the July 2016 issue of Better Photography.Tags: Compact, mood, scene modes, memories, patience, location, Pets, Dogs, happy, loyalty, personality, relaxed, comfortable, familiar, activity, playtime, run, chase, fetch, Sports Mode, Burst Mode