Minding Your Dog's Leash during a Photo Shoot

Part of the Dog Photography For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A leash is a must-have item during any photo shoot with your dog where you're outside or in an open area. You probably don't pay much attention to your dog's leash day in and day out, but put it smack dab in the middle of your frame and you'll have an eyesore you wish you had noticed. Try these leash-handling techniques for a better photo:

  • If you're going to leave the leash in the photo:

    • Choose a leash that has some visual appeal.

    • Tell your helper to pull the leash up and away from Fido so that it's not lying on his body.

    • Be aware of where the leash crosses his body. Try holding it off to the side of the frame instead of directly up, where it may appear as if it's growing out of Fido's ear.

  • If you're going to remove the leash during postprocessing:

    • Use a thin, retractable cord leash. Getting rid of a tiny black cord is much simpler than removing a standard thicker leash.

    • Have your helper hold the leash tight enough that it's not lying on Fido's body but loose enough that the collar it's connected to isn't being yanked off his neck. Otherwise, you'll end up with a pretty strange looking collar when the leash is removed.

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