Everyone of us loves our dogs; there’s no doubt about that. And everyone loves dog photos, as well. But, taking photos of dogs can be a challenging task considering how active they tend to be. COOPH teamed up with dog photographer Anne Geier to present 8 simple tricks to shoot stunning photos of our dogs in the video below:
Freeze the action
Dogs are best shot when they are actively involved in something. Shoot their photos while they are running, jumping, and fetching. Use a fast shutter speed to capture details in their movement and to avoid motion blur.
Lower your perspective
A general rule of thumb in photography is to shoot from the subject’s eye level. This creates an engaging shot. The same rule applies while photographing dogs. Get down and shoot from the dog’s eye level and always be ready to get your clothes a little dirty.
Focus through frames
Photographs where the subject is framed within some natural or artificial frames are very much pleasing to the eye. You can apply the same concept while photographing dogs. Find some openings and place the dog in there to get a visually pleasing photograph. Small bushes work equally well.
Shoot from above
This totally contradicts the second trick that we had just discussed. But, photographs of dogs shot from a higher angle create a sense of curiosity.
Play with props
Just as we humans sometimes use props in our photos, using props for dog photography can add to the cuteness. Add some jazz to the shot with some fashionable or cute little props like a hat, sunglasses, or the dog’s favorite toy.
Clone your dog
This is a technique in which you can take multiple shots by placing the dog in various positions within the frame and then later create a composite in post.
Interact with the dog so that they strike some visually appealing poses. If they can, make them stand on their hind limbs, or try to get a high five (umm… paw-five???).
Wide angle portraits
Use wide angled lenses to take photos of the dogs in their surroundings. Include the place where they play, rest, or go out for a walk. Even if you are photographing the dog at home, shooting a wide angle portrait will let you connect with the photograph.
What other tricks do you use to photograph dogs?
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