10 photo tips for your dog glamour shots

Linn Cecilia Svensson

Linn Radsted

10 photo tips for your dog glamour shots

 You probably know all about chasing Fido around the garden to get a great picture of your four-footed buddy, and then ending up with a ton of basically useless photos.

But how do you get professional-quality dog pictures?

DogCoach has collected 10 photo tips from photographer Linn Radsted of Fotoglimt.dk

  • Choose a neutral and uniform background - strong colors, a messy or an ugly backdrop can be disturbing and can destroy even the best compositions.
  • Have the sun in your back - and be mindful of the shadows.
  • Make sure you have a helper - to make noises or motions to get your dog's attention - when you are ready.
  • Get down on your dog’s level - so you need to get down on all fours or squat to get the right perspective in the picture.
  • Be patient - the best pictures often happen when the dog has become accustomed to the camera and understands what is going on.
  • Think about light and colors. If you have a light dog, you may not want to use a white wall as a background and vice versa.
  • Take shots from many different angles - close up, portrait and full figure. Movement is always more tricky, but that's often where the fun pictures lie - if your camera allows you to set a short exposure time, it is easier.
  • Remove dirt spots, smudges and debris around eyes and mouth before you start.
  • Make sure there's time for some fun and play - but if your dog gets too tired, it can be difficult to capture an attentive and playful expression.
  • Set the focus on your dog's eyes unless you are into more creative forms of photography. If your dog has a long snout, you may want to adjust the depth slightly if you want both eyes and snout to be in focus.

Remember: practice makes perfect - both for you and your dog!