Dog owners would rather take a picture of their pup than of their partner, according to one study. Whether you’re taking a photo for old time’s sake or for the purposes of a lasting memory, for anyone who’s actually tried to get the perfect photo of their dog, you’ll know just how difficult it can be. From getting your pup to stay still for the perfect shot to the camera you use, here’s what you need to know when it comes to getting the best possible photos of your dog.
Does your camera matter?
Digital single-lens reflex (DSLR)
When it comes to the camera you’re using to photograph your dog, choosing the right one for the best outcome possible can seem like a stressful choice. Though there are a few options worth considering. Using a digital single-lens reflex camera (or DSLR), for instance, can be particularly beneficial when photographing your dog. DSLRs can shoot multiple shots per second, and can rapidly focus on your pup. And, you can easily switch to a zoom or wide angle lens when needed. Consequently, allowing versatility depending on what kind of photos you want. This makes for a great option when photographing an especially active dog who can’t seem to stay still. You’ll be able to end the day with far more high quality shots to choose from. Digital photography also allows you conveniently save the photos to any device. Thereby, making your pictures ready to share shortly after taking them. Not only is this more convenient in terms of processing times when compared to something like analogue photography, but it is also known to be more environmentally friendly. The chemicals used in analogue photography have been shown to cause environmental harm.
Aside from digital cameras, making use of your smartphone’s camera for your dog’s photo shoot can also be particularly beneficial for a number of reasons. This is because many smartphones have decent quality cameras. They boast a myriad of camera features, such as burst photo-taking and editing capabilities. These features allow you to snap a good quality picture and share it instantly. Using your smartphone is especially useful for taking impromptu photos of your pup. Since you’re likely to already have your phone on hand no matter where you are — and you won’t have to worry about lugging around an extra device, either. Additionally, because purchasing a DSLR can oftentimes be a costly investment, choosing to use your smartphone instead can save you money in the long run. Especially if you don’t plan on using a DSLR much in the future.
Sit — and stay!
Getting your pup to sit and stay still is perhaps one of the biggest issues that dog owners face when doing trying to get a decent photo. There are a few things you can do to help you achieve a good result. Hold up your pup’s favorite treat or toy to distract them while you get a good shot or two in. This trick will get them looking in the right direction too. However, ensuring that your dog is in a good mood to begin is the secret to getting the best picture possible. After all, getting a picture of any kind will be impractical if your dog is hyper and restless. Such as the moment you come home from work, or right before going for a walk. Instead, opting for a photo when your dog is calm will make world of difference: patience is a necessity when planning to photograph any animal.
Pet photography is becoming more and more commonplace. However, whether you’re photographing just for fun or for a meaningful, lasting memory of your pup, getting the perfect picture can seem nearly impossible. Especially if your dog happens to be particularly hyperactive. From making the right choice of camera to having patience and waiting for a calmer moment. You can ensure that you’ll get the best outcome possible.
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