Photographing Dogs


I think I can say that I'm getting a little bit better at taking pictures of the dogs, especially now that I know the settings on my camera and what does and does not work as well for me.  Now I know I need to prepare for an action shot and set it up as much as possible ahead of time or else I end up with dogs that are just a blurr.  But the picture above is my favorite of Foyle.  He loves to sit on the couch and gaze out the window to see what's going on in the front yard and I just happened to catch him at a passive, gentle moment. His sweet face and gentle attitude comes through and it makes me want to kiss his precious face all over.

I am in awe of Amanda Jones' dog photography and the simplicity of black dogs against a white background has tempted me more than once to set up an appointment next time she is in town.  Hmmm, photos or 7 acupuncture or 7 months of dog get the idea.

Bringing it home

But, there's a great photography tutorial by Gary Donahue on his blog GAD's Ramblings that covers tips and tricks on how to photograph a black dog.  I'd like to add that it helps to take pictures when your dog is clean and shiny, or in the case of the picture above, wet!  The reflection off the fur helps to deepen the shadows and bring out the highlights better.  Roll over to GAD's blog for an entertaining perspective of his life with two Newfie's and three girls. The writing is engaging and you'll be laughing by the end especially if you have a Newfie also.  My sympathies are with him and his "ferret-dog".



But, back to photography.  A few more tips on angling the flash can be found at Pawprints For Life to help bounce light back onto your dog instead of focusing it on one place.   I'm also interested in getting the book Pet Photography Now by Paul Walker which covers unique locations, viewpoints, posing and camera settings.  Now all I have to do is practice having all 4 dogs stay in one spot at the same time.  Right.