By Darren Baker
Professional photographer Darren Baker specializes in taking great portraits of dogs and their families.
And you can use some of his tips to take great dog photos.
1. Get outside
Take your dog and family to a local park. The park provides a nice green background, plenty of space and lots of natural light. It also gives you a chance to take some action photographs and best of all, after you tire your pup out you can get some great pictures.
2. Get low
Photos taken while looking down on your pet can distort the image — for example making your dog’s head look bigger than the rest of his body.
3. Take photos of pet with a family member
Putting your dog together with one of his favorite people will help him relax and make it easier for you to take great dog photos.
If your dog’s eyes aren’t in focus, the shot is wasted.
5. Be patient
Wait until your dog is napping to get some cute sleepy shots. Many puppies yawn and stretch when they first wake up. Capture those moments.
6. Use props
Your dog might have a favorite ball or stuffed toy. Include it in your dog photos. Not only will it help you get a great photo now, it’ll also give you a record so years later you’ll remember how much your pup loved that toy.
7. Don’t delete photos
Wait to delete photos until after you upload them into your editing application. You may be able to sharpen slightly out of focus images for the perfect finishing touch.
Visit a professional. Still not happy with your results, consider scheduling an appointment with a professional photographer like Darren Baker.
Darren Baker specializes in taking portraits of dogs and families at his London studio. See his portfolio or schedule an appointment.