dog photography

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First is a mother’s love; then a dog’s; then a lover’s. Well, I’m not sure who said these famous words. But anyone who has ever had a pet dog knows the true meaning of unconditional love and loyalty. No other pet can be as affectionate as a dog, and it’s no wonder that the dog has become the number one favourite pet in many homes. Man’s best friend.

Those who really love their dog consider this fun-loving pet as a bonafide member of the family. It’s therefore not a surprise for a dog lover to want to take a photo of their dog alongside family photos.

Here are a few tips on how to take the perfect photo of your dog.

  1. Choice of Camera

While Smartphones cameras have come a long way in terms of their ability to capture stunning images, these cameras tend to fall short when it comes to capturing high-resolution images. Furthermore, if you intend to print the photo and mount it alongside family photos, then your phone’s camera simply won’t do. This is where a digital camera comes in. Buying a digital camera can be a worthwhile investment as the camera can be used for other family-oriented events. However, before purchasing a camera, there are a number of considerations you need to make. These considerations include

  • Camera Resolution

This is definitely the number one consideration when purchasing a digital camera. The camera’s resolution is given in terms of megapixels, which refer to the resolution of the photographs that the camera can take. A 2-megapixel camera would take a photo of your dog that is made up of 2 million pixels. This is quite desirable as that many pixels would undoubtedly hold a lot of detail. This would ensure that large prints of your dog’s photo can be made with the smallest loss in clarity and detail.  It is possible to purchase a 2 to the 3-megapixel camera at a reasonable price from either Amazon, E-bay or other online stores.

  • Camera Features

Digital cameras come with a myriad of tailored features depending on the manufacturer. One noteworthy feature that would be useful when taking a photo of your dog is known as red-eye reduction. This feature causes the camera to emit two flashes as you take a photo. The first flash would cause the pupil of your dog’s eyes to contract before the second flash that ultimately captures the image. This feature ensures that the red-eye effect, when light shines from within the eye, is reduced in the final photo. However, this feature is only useful when taking a photo in the dark or under low light conditions.

Another noteworthy feature that you might prove useful is the rapid-fire/burst picture mode. This feature allows you to capture several photos in a row. This feature can prove quite useful if you have trouble keeping your dog still for a photo. All you would need to do is enable the feature, aim and shoot. You can then pick the best photo from the succession of shots.

  • Diffused Lighting

Once you have acquired the right digital camera, the next consideration you need to make has to do with the lighting. Too much light coming from behind your dog would only give you a silhouette as your photograph. Too much light from the front would result in glares in parts of the picture. This is why taking a perfect photo while outdoors in sunny weather can prove difficult.

A simple way to circumvent the lighting problem is to take the photo indoors. An indoor setting would allow choosing an area where the lighting is sufficiently diffused. This would ensure light falls evenly on your dog for that great photo. However, if you have to take the photograph while outside, then a cloudy day would offer you just the right diffused lighting to take the perfect photo.

  • Perspective

Finally, after you have had a few tries with your digital camera, then you might consider taking the next step. This step would involve determining before-hand what message you want to communicate in the photo that you take. There is a simple rule that you can use to produce a masterpiece with your dog as the main subject. This is the one-third rule. The rule upholds that the main subject on a photograph should not be found flat in the middle of the image. Instead, the subject should be a third of the way from the boundaries of the photo. This essentially allows other the minor subjects in the photograph to lend a deeper meaning to the subject resulting in a great photo.