Photo Tips from Jean Fogle

Snow spraying, the five Rottweilers raced across the field. I crouched, camera in hand, ready to capture the action. During the shoot my husband Terry watched for a while. After the dogs had gone home, Terry casually mentioned that I might want to throw my jacket in the washing machine. Puzzled, I asked why. Apparently, one of the Rotties, while his owners weren’t watching, decided I was a fire hydrant and lifted his leg on me. I have learned to always expect the unexpected when photographing dogs!

Taking pictures of your best friend is a great way to spend time together. In today’s digital world, taking pictures can be a snap. Here are some easy tips to help you get the best pictures of your best friend.

Once you read these tips, go to my website , and then click on articles to see the pictures that illustrate the tips. The article at my website is titled Photographing Your Best Friend. Then you can spend some time checking out all the pictures of over 45 breeds of dogs. I hope these tips help you get the pictures you want of your best friend!

  • Buy the best camera you can afford! It doesn’t need to have all the bells and whistles but buying a good camera to begin with will ensure you don’t need to upgrade right away.
  • Always use the LCD screen. Reviewing your pictures before you stop photographing makes sure that you get the shot you intended. Often you will find something in the background that is annoying or find that your dog has the dreaded eye booger, EBs in photographer’s language!
  • Set your camera on a large resolution setting. You might not need your camera’s largest setting but imagine how frustrated you will be to get a great picture and find it is too small to blow up!
  • Disable camera sounds. Many dogs are noise sensitive so take a few minutes with your manual and find out how to disable the shutter sound and other beeps and whistles.
  • Digital Shutter Lag. Shutter lag is probably the number one reason for missing the shot you wanted. Take a few minutes and analyze the shot then shoot right before the action peeks, this way you are more likely to get the action.

Leave a comment at the CONTACT ME page and tell me why you love taking pictures of your dog, the best five answers will win a signed copy of Salty Dogs, Molly, my JRT, also pawtographs the book!

One comment

  1. Neva says:

    Hi Jean, I love reading your tips….I just need to practice…..Clancy is hard to do since he is black(I know you have mentioned that to me a time or 2!) Love your stuff!

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