By KRae Merk | June 23, 2010
Of course, everyone wants to see the studio type photos of their dogs, I like taking those kinds of photos outside.
This photo was staged, I laid Candy and Wolfe down beside each other, and then I laid down in front of them to get down on their level to make the angle of the photo more interesting. I wrote a dog photography tip post on lying down, and I can’t emphasize enough how getting lower than your subject can help your dog photography.
This photo is one of my all time favorites of Candy, I took it fairly early in the morning and what I did was sit her down on the grass covered hill with the fence behind her and the sun making a outline around her and using my on camera flash (one of the few times I use on camera flash) and flicked my hand off to the side to get to look over there and CLICK! I got the shot. (I even like the small lens flare)
Now this portrait was Photoshoped. I took two different focal points, one of Candy, one of Wolfe. I later merged the two focus points in Photoshop. But the dog photography tip I wanted to point out in this photo was that background is completely blurry, and I think that is what makes an outdoor portrait more interesting.
In this photo, I was emphasizing the eye reflection in Candy’s eyes, I should have framed it closer, but I still like the photo.
Again in this photo, I was laying on the ground. Now, for some dogs this may be a little hard because they will get very excited about you lying on the ground a few feet away from them. If you plan on shooting photos of your dog while laying on the ground you might want to do a few training exercises beforehand.
To start with, make sure your dog knows the sit command and will do it under any circumstance and anywhere. In the house, sit down on the floor near your dog and if he gets all excited as him to sit and you may have to help him a little to remember to sit. After he sits, praise him immensely and treat him, after he gets the idea that when you sit, he sits, you can advance it a little. Instead of sitting, lay down on the floor, first on your back and if he gets all excited tell him to sit and when he does, praise and treat immensely. By now, you will be able to photograph your dog while lying down and not get clobbered.
Well, that’s all the dog photography tips for now, I hope you can benefit from the training tips too.