I’ve been recently trying to create a photo book starring my new puppy and myself as a gift for my mom’s upcoming birthday. Having PhotoHand Books as a design company behind this project should have made it easy but I got stuck at step one – taking pictures of my beloved mongrel.
I have a lot of nice pictures of him sleeping but taking action pictures proved to be a difficult task. As I was falling behind my personal production schedule it suddenly hit me – I should have checked with the ultimate pro – Cesar Milan, the Dr. Spock of the canine world. And, of course, CesarWay.com had a list of simple common sense directions on how to take good pictures of dogs.
In a nutshell:
1. Dogs sense energy. Be positive.
2. If s/he won’t sit and stay, focus on what s/he DOES want to do.
3. Shoot lots of photos and sift through them later.
4. Use props – treats, toys, squeakers, balloons.
5. Late afternoon or overcast weather will give you the best lighting.
6. It’s about them – focus on their favorite places, habits, toys…
7. Lower the camera to your dog’s level.
These dog photography tips are based on the advice from Cesar Milan’s friend, photographer Seth Casteel who became famous after his photos of dogs swimming underwater went viral.