Capture the Details of Paws and Tails in Dog Photos
Each dog’s unique features tell a lot of him. For example, what you want to convey about your pooch’s paws determines how you compose this detail shot, and a dog’s tail is such a huge part of him, even if it’s just a nub or nothing at all.
To compose a shot that focuses on his paws
If he’s got huge clodhoppers, photograph them as they dangle off the edge of a bed or couch. Get below him but still in front of him so you can get some perspective on just how huge they are.
If he has dainty little pads, you may want to capture him midstride as he tiptoes down the street. Frame your photo to include a good chunk of the ground, his tiny paws, and his legs while cropping off the rest of his body.
If you don’t need to emphasize size or you just feel like being a little artsy, position him on a cool (or favorite) piece of furniture.
70mm, 1/125 sec., f/2.8, 320
Curly or stick-straight, furry or bald, a dog’s tail is a key part of his makeup. He sends it a-thumpin’ when he just can’t contain his joy and tucks it far under his legs to tell you he’s sorry. Maybe his tail points when he finds a squirrel or bends in a strange way because he broke it once.
When you take a photo of this most adorable of all back ends, choose an angle or crop that highlights his special tail. Try not to amputate the end and be sure to include a bit of his body to anchor the appendage and avoid a floating tail.
Here, the photographer shot straight-on but left enough negative space to accentuate the cuteness factor of Brecken’s question mark tail that fades into his matching backside.
40mm, 1/250 sec., f/3.2, 100