Photographing Your Best Friend
by Kevin Fogle

Rotties in snow
Rotties in snow
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 werenít watching, decided I was a fire hydrant and lifted his leg on me. I have learned to always expect the unexpected when photographing dogs!


English Setter puppy
English Setter puppy

Taking pictures of your best friend is a great way to spend time together. In this article I am going to give you some basic, easy to use tips to help you get the images you want.

Todayís digital world has made getting good pictures easier! With digital, you can review immediately, see what didnít work and correct it in the next picture. Be sure to use this ability to review! You can check for blinking eyes, distracting things in the picture, pics that are too light, or missed action, so be sure to use your LCD.

There are several bad things about digitals. Batteries are always an issue and before you start out to get pictures, double check to make sure your batteries are recharged.

If you use a point and shoot digital, you already are aware of a frustrating feature, the shutter lag. You take the picture, and then you realize due to shutter lag, you missed the pictures you wanted to get.

You might have taken this picture when the puppy was down, but this is the shot you can get with shutter lag.


Golden jumping tire jump
Golden jumping tire jump
This picture was taken just as the dog began his jump into the agility tire. Practice and you can find the best time to push the shutter for action shots. Preplan action shots and be prepared to shoot several times till you get the picture you want.


Yorkshire Terrier puppies
Yorkshire Terrier puppies
A good idea is to disable all camera function sounds. Most cameras have this, so check your ownerís manual. Many dogs are sound sensitive and a camera can start the shaking and quaking that follows weird sounds. New cameras of mine are immediately silenced.
Here it is obvious that the puppies are worried about the sound of the camera!



Thatís it for now! I will let you know when more tips are ready! Invite your friends to visit my website and sign up for the photography tips.

I will hitting the beaches this summer to promote Salty Dogs, my photo book of dogs enjoying the beach. I am hoping to do a sequel so I will looking for awesome dogs at the beach. Salty Dogs is now available for preorder on Amazon! Coming soon is a link to Amazon for direct ordering!

Have fun with your best friend and enjoy the summer.

Jean

   
 




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