How To Take Great Dog Photos With Your Phone’s Camera – 5 Easy Steps

Ever wonder why you can never get pictures of your dog to look anything like those gorgeous Instagram shots that get a gazillion likes??

Trying to get a photo while your dog heads in the other direction or just trying to keep his coat from blending into the background can be quite a challenge. Uh oh…there goes a squirrel! Oh, well…maybe next time. Sigh.

Don’t give up! We have some simple, easy to implement steps for getting great photos of your dog, without having to invest tons of time or money into fancy courses or equipment.

Here are five easy steps to taking great photos of your dog:

One – Go Natural! One of the very best ways to instantly improve your photos is to use natural light. Using your camera’s flash gives a harsh effect and can cause your dog to look like he has red eyes. 

If you do use sunlight, avoid direct bright sun and take pictures of your dog in the shade. Even though it seems opposite to what you would expect, overcast days work best for photography as the cloud cover diffuses the light and gives a nice, even, soft look. If you can get your dog to sit or lie down in front of a window or glass door, this will give you the same effect.

Two – Focus, focus, focus! – There are a couple of common reasons your dog photos may be out of focus: a) camera shake and b) a moving dog.

You can reduce camera shake by holding your breath as  you take the photo. Also, resting your elbows on something like a piece of furniture, the hood of your car, a fencepost or even stabilizing them against your own body can help.

It’s quite a challenge sometimes to get your dog to stay still. If you have a “burst” setting on your camera, you can take multiple photos very, very fast on automatic and then choose which one you like best. If your dog won’t stop moving, then perhaps a video would be better. Experiment with the slow motion setting for some fun effects!

Three – Clean it up! – Your background that is. If you can position your dog in front of a solid color background, you’ll be amazed at how much this will improve your shots.

Four – Get down! – Stoop or kneel down in front of your dog to get a shot from his perspective. These photos are great and are especially fun to do with puppies.

Five – Edit! – Don’t just leave your photos the way they are. There are a ton of filters on your camera so you can tune the brightness and saturation levels to your satisfaction. Here at WoofPost, Google’s Snapseed app is one of our staff favorites for editing and cropping our own photos.

Now get out there and start taking photos of your dog! And go back over to our group on Facebook and post them there so we can all enjoy them.

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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