photo of dog inside mailbox
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51 Different subjects of photography…. and I’m going to do them all. Here is the complete list, so you can see everything I’m going to cover:
two yellow labrador retriever puppies
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Taking pictures of your dog or puppy is a truly rewarding thing to do. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like their dog. If they don’t, they shouldn’t have one. But, these pets are truly “mans best friend”. They don’t care if you are feeling sad or happy, they are always happy and ready to lift your spirits.

There are several tips on how to get GREAT dog and puppy photos. Follow along with these tips:

  1. Know your dog’s personality or character. Also, with that, there always seems to be a time of day they are really “zoomy” and they are all over the place, and when they do that, you can generally see a “smile” on their face. If you can find that time they are so playful, take some photos of them at that time.
  2. If you are taking photos of them during “zooomy” time, then make sure you are using a fast shutter speed, and if you can’t get that, move your ISO setting up to 800 or even up to 1600 so that you can use a fast shutter speed.
dog with ball in mouth jumping over a fallen tree trunk
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The photo above shows what great photos you can get by using a fast shutter speed. You are probably laughing already when your dog is in “hyper” mode, so, get that to remember them by. FAST SHUTTER SPEED, AND HIGH ISO.



3- Get down on their level to get the best photo. Everyone sees dogs from the top. The photo will be much better if you can get down to their space.

white short coated dog
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4- Be resourceful in getting the best image of your pet. The one thing I used to do when taking portraits of any dog, is when they were sitting still, I would make this small “squeal” with my voice, almost like a high pitched howl, but, kind of quiet. The dog would just stop doing everything to see where that noise came from, and I would get the perfect pose every time. It seems so cute, that they almost always tipped their head to the side, like one ear is better than the other. But, this is somewhat like I would get:

Dog Portraits - Mark Hewitson Photography of Thame, Oxfordshire
Photo by Mark Hewitson Photography

5- Choose the right location to take pictures of your dog. Your dog is more comfortable where? Inside your house? Out in the backyard? Your dog will react more normal, or not so scared, if they are also in their happy place.

black and tan long coat dog
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6- Bribery can go a long way for dogs. Always bring some treats so they will get rewarded for their great showmanship or good behavior. And, it’s not a bad idea to get a photo of them while getting rewarded:

dalmatian sitting white surface
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7- If you have a good relationship with your dog, then I really like to do a photo of the dog with the owner or spouse, or child in the family. This brings out the tenderness of the relationship between owner and the pet. It can truly be one photo that will be on the wall….

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Photo by U Sushi
Photo by Tamara Bellis on Unsplash


Enjoy the things you do with your dog, puppy and take pictures of them at their level, and you will be much happier with your results.

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