Dog Photography of Subjects Taking a Walk - dummies

Dog Photography of Subjects Taking a Walk

By Kim Rodgers, Sarah Sypniewski

A walk is a great opportunity to get some pretty dynamic photos. Whether it’s the quiet time humans and dogs share every morning before the rest of the neighborhood wakes up or the hustle and bustle of the evening rush hour in which they delight, you want to be there when two wandering souls are joined together by one length of well-worn nylon and maybe a plastic poop bag.


50mm, 1/320 sec., f/3.2, 160

Consider these ideas and tips:

  • Position yourself several yards in front of the pair and get down on the dog’s level.

  • Keep your eyes open for nice backgrounds as you stroll through the neighborhood: blooming flowers, green shrubs, and brightly colored garage doors or alleyways.

  • Don’t forget about the seemingly small moments: when Jaxxon’s human snaps his leash onto his collar, when he helps Jaxxon get untangled from his leash one paw at a time, or when he waits patiently for Jaxxon to finish sniffing the hydrant. All these moments fall into the “we don’t think anyone’s watching and therefore you’re seeing our true selves” category.

  • If they like hiking, join them out on some trails. Look for great views and use trails that have a grade to them to create dynamic composition and perspective.

  • If they like hubbub, get some photos of them all up in the mix. Find a busy corner and let them interact with the people around them or just watch the world go by together. As they respond to their environment together, be ready for anything!