Dogs are like kids; everyone thinks theirs is the cutest in the world. But a lot of the doggie snapshots you find on social media are very generic—the mutt’s maybe got a funny expression, but the photo itself isn’t anything special. So what’s the best way to capture a dog on camera?
His recommendations? There are three in particular:
- Kneel down and shoot at the dog’s level.
- Make dog sounds (as realistically as possible) to get their attention. They’ve got to focus on you—you should be in control, not them.
- Once you’ve got their attention, keep it interesting—play with them, use squeaky toys to point their heads in a certain direction.
As for those who may think shooting dogs for an Instagram following the size of metropolitan Phoenix is all a bit silly, here’s the story behind The Dogist:
“My mission as The Dogist is to tell the story of dogs. I was in LA, and came across a mixed-breed, a pointer mix, and photographed it and posted it to my blog. And I get an email a few days later saying the dog had died unexpectedly. And that the photo I posted, it had provided them a lot of solace and comfort in a hard time…. It’s a reminder for me that one photograph, one moment, can be very impactful for someone.”
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