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Exposure Settings in Dog Photography

Your aperture, shutter speed, and ISO each serve a very specific function during your dog photography sessions, but more important than their individual jobs is the relationship among them that allows [more…]

Capture Fleeting Moments and Stories with Dog Photography

The true goal of dog photography (as with any other photography) is to freeze time — to capture those precious moments in a dog’s life for all eternity. When you reflect upon your dog and the relationship [more…]

How Dogs Are Like Children to Their Humans

Obviously, you know what your own dog means to you, so remember that feeling when you photograph other people’s dogs. Always respect the humans’ directions [more…]

Keep Your Canine Subject at Ease while Photographing

When you're taking photos of dogs, remember that dogs are energy experts. They can read it, they can give it off, and they can detect the most subtle changes in it. Energy is one of their main languages [more…]

Use Dog Photography in Rescue Work

Shelters and rescues across the United States (and throughout the world) house millions of homeless dogs just waiting to be adopted. Now more than ever, a good photo of a shelter dog has the power to literally [more…]

Dog Photography Skills You Need to Excel

Just like any new activity, dog photography takes practice. As long as you’re willing to spend the time learning techniques and trying them out, you can excel. Of course, having a few of these skills helps [more…]

Capture Candid Moments when Photographing Dogs

Candid shots are all about capturing and conveying what sets Libby apart from, say, Butch. These are the spur-of-the-moment, unplanned pictures that capture life as it unfolds. You don’t need to use many [more…]

Plan Candid-looking Images when Photographing Dogs

Don’t think you have to wait around for something to happen. When photographing dogs, you have some not-so-candid ways of making things happen that still result in a candid-looking moment. This is a good [more…]

Dog Psychology 101: Figure Out the Canine Mind-set

Remember that when photographing dogs, they are, in general, social, externally motivated sponges. They want to be part of the group (or pack in dogspeak), follow your lead, and please you. They like to [more…]

Take Inventory of Basic Info about the Dog You're Photographing

When dogs are the subjects of your photos, you need to take inventory of basic info: breed, color, size, and age. First off, what kind of dog is Baxter, and do you want to highlight his breed in your photos [more…]

Control Dogs during Photo Sessions

Keeping in line with the goal of taking a dog's picture as being a fun experience, try to follow your dog’s lead as much as possible. Ideally, having your dog off-leash in a secure and familiar environment [more…]

Keep Dogs Safe during Photo Sessions

Your first priority in general should always be to keep your dog safe, and that applies when you’re taking photos of him as well. If you don’t want to have him on a leash [more…]

Compact Digital Camera (CDC) versus Digital SLR

When taking photos of dogs, you need to consider which type of camera you're going to use. The digital photography world has two main types of cameras: small, affordable, point-and-shoot type compact digital [more…]

Your Camera’s Sensor Size when Photographing Dogs

In order to make the most of your dog photography images, you should be aware of your digital SLR camera’s crop factor (sensor size). Although all digital SLRs have larger sensors than CDCs, not all digital [more…]

Choose the Right Memory Card for Dog Photography Sessions

No matter what type of camera you choose, it’s pretty useless without a memory card inside of it. A memory card is a small, portable storage device that slips into your camera and records the photos you [more…]

Lens Basics for Dog Photography

When you purchase a camera lens for your dog photography sessions, consider its focal length and speed (in addition to the crop). The focal length determines the field of view or amount of the scene you [more…]

When to Choose JPEG Files for Your Dog Photos

The JPEG file format is a compressed digital image file that’s usually on the smaller end of the size spectrum. After you snap a photo with your camera set to the JPEG file format, your camera’s software [more…]

When to Choose RAW Files for Your Dog Photos

When photographing dogs, you need to consider capturing images as RAW files. The RAW file format is an uncompressed digital file that’s usually much larger than JPEG in size. For example, a JPEG photo [more…]

Use Artificial Light in Dog Photography

You’ll likely take a lot of your dog photos indoors under man-made light sources. When you’re inside, you have more control over the light, which is good because indoor light isn’t always quality light [more…]

Items to Have on Hand for Dogs during Photo Sessions

Come on now, you know Elvis has about 18 different sweaters to choose from on any given day. What makes you think he shouldn’t have his own supply of gear in your camera bag? They may not seem like necessities [more…]

Items to Have on Hand during Dog Photo Sessions

Besides all the doggie accouterments you'll need to have on hand, you also need to focus on your accessories to have during dog photography sessions. These aren’t requirements at all, but they may come [more…]

ISO Settings for Dog Photography

Your ISO setting is a number that represents how sensitive to light you need your camera’s sensor to be. The amount of available light you have is the major determining factor when considering ISO settings [more…]

Aperture Settings for Dog Photography

The aperture setting is something you need to consider when taking photographs of dogs, or any other subject. Simply put, your aperture (or f-stop) setting dictates exactly how much light passes through [more…]

Shutter Speed and Dog Photography

You need to consider your shutter speed settings when taking photos of dogs, especially if those dogs move at all. Your shutter speed dictates how long your shutter stays open and allows light to hit the [more…]

Autofocus Settings in Dog Photography

One of the most critical things you do when you take a photo is focus on your subject, and your subject is most likely a quick-moving dog! Unless you set up for a shot of Riley sleeping, use your camera [more…]

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