Keep Time on Your Side during Dog Photography Sessions - dummies

Keep Time on Your Side during Dog Photography Sessions

By Kim Rodgers, Sarah Sypniewski

When photographing dogs outside, the best time to shoot is in the morning or late afternoon. Of course, every location is different, depending on things like trees, hills, and other features that create shade and shadows. Generally speaking, though, the wonderful warmth of the morning or late afternoon sunlight is exactly what you want for your photos.

The other thing you want to consider is how much time you have in your schedule that day. Shooting outdoors necessitates a bit more time than shooting indoors because of the traveling to and from the location and the fact that lighting and backgrounds are constantly in flux (and therefore, getting your settings dialed in takes more time).

Also, you have to pause from time to time when unexpected passersby enter your frame or Allegra gets distracted by another squirrel.

If you want to use a public location, go during off-peak hours, which will vary depending on the location. Do your homework and scout out the traffic flow ahead of time. Photographing Allegra during quiet times will reduce the amount of distractions you have to compete with for her attention.

Finally, consider the dirt factor. You probably don’t want Cowboy (or yourself) to get caked in mud if you (or Cowboy, party animal that he is) have somewhere to be later. The point is, anything can happen during outdoor shoots, so make sure you have ample time to play with.

If you’re getting really excited about photographing every second of your dog’s life and you want to capture indoor and outdoor shots on the same day, take your outdoor shots in the late afternoon. That way, you can take your clean indoor shots first and get dirty later in the nice early evening sun.