Here he is again, making faces for the camera! Ronnie is such a character, but is a real pain to photograph because he always manages to turn his head away from it as the flash goes off! So good pictures of him actually looking at the camera are rare. When I do catch him, he’s always pulling a face! Get this:
Now that’s a real “Will ya get outa my face?” look!
Photographing dogs is a little more difficult than you’d think. For one, they don’t always like the camera being pointed at them and often act up when it is. But if you can get them used to it by not frightening the living daylights out of them by using flash all the time – and give them a treat when they do behave in front of it, you’re halfway there.
A lot of people make the mistake, from an aesthetic point of view of standing over their dogs and snapping away. That’s not too bad if you have a Great Dane, but anything smaller and the shot will look strange because you are looking down on your dog. A much more pleasing to the eye photo is produced when you get down to their level. If it means laying down on the ground, do it because you’ll get some really great shots of your dog.
Being on their level when you take your photos also tends to make the dog feel more at ease, so they’ll give you a more natural looking shot (unless you’re Ronnie, that is!).
It’s also better to take photos outside in daylight so you don’t need to use flash, which does alarm dogs and you’ll find that once they’ve been blinded once or twice with a flash, they’ll be more reluctant to look your way when you next want to get that perfect shot!
But sometimes, you just have to grab your camera and snap to capture the moment – when your dog is doing something that you just know will make a great photo. You can always use Photoshop or Fireworks to edit out the dustbin or pile of dirty washing in the background that you didn’t notice when you took the shot!
But if there’s a nice looking cushion right next to them, well, it just has to be left in!